Hello! This is my first post. I just started at a new hospital this past july and found out that I am pregnant. I have a little over 2 years of inpatient L&D nursing. With finding out that I am pregnant, I have been considering my options. I would love to stay home and work from home, but I am not interested in Home health. I was looking into RN coding. Are there any RN mom's out there who are able to work from home ? how? Any suggestions and help?
Even getting back into night shift Med/Surg is difficult without "current experience", as I discovered when I tried to go back to inpatient hospital nursing after taking seven years off to stay home with our kids, even though I had over ten years of solid, inpatient Med/Surg hospital experience under my belt. None of the hospitals in my area would even consider someone without "current experience", for Med/Surg or anything else. I ended up getting hired by a hospice company which was a FANTASTIC experience and taught me a ton about life. I consider not being able to get back into hospital nursing right away as one of my greatest blessings in life, even though, at the time, it was very frustrating. I couldn't get enough hours at the hospice, so I went from there to LTC (never again!!!) and then got hired this past June by a local hospital that valued my previous Med/Surg experience. Funny though, while I thought all along that I wanted nothing more than to get back into hospital nursing, I have an interview tomorrow to transfer to the hospital's hospice department. By taking what I thought was an unwanted detour in my career, I actually discovered my true calling.
Well, anyway, didn't mean to hijack this thread and take it this OT. OP, good luck with whatever you end up doing. It is commendable that you want to be a stay at home mom. Kids grow up way too fast, and you can never get those years back. I worked a couple of 11p-7a shifts a week when our son was a baby, and he never even knew I was gone.
Last edit by westieluv on Sep 11, '11