I will be graduating with my BSN at the end of the year, Dec. 2018. I am also currently pregnant and will be having my second child in October of this year. I have an almost two year old already, this second baby was unplanned but I am still grateful for the blessing.
It has been a lot getting through nursing school
with my first baby, a real struggle to say the least. Now that I am having another one so close to graduation, I really do not want to jump into a full time position right away. Is it possible/have you heard of new grads getting per diem or part time positions?
I live in the Central Valley of California, a really underserved area where they are definitely in need of nurses. But I also have no experience in this field to know what is common or uncommon.
I just want a better work/life balance than I have now. I miss my babies, and I want to be home more. I just don't know if I'll have to suck it up for the first year and do my hours, or if this really is possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Per Diem is generally not a good idea for new grads. The time on orientation is less for per diem nurses and they are expected to be able to hit the ground running. You definitely would not have a preceptor beyond a few shifts, two to three at MOST. That orientation time will not be that of a new grad either. It will be about policies specific to the organization, where different things are located and basic skills checks - skills expected to already be up to par, not still learning. In fact, if you were to need "new grad" level of coaching, chances are they would let you go due to not being competent.
Part time for a new grad in acute care (hospital) would be very unusual. However, you may be able to find something in a clinic, school nursing or other outpatient setting.
Last edit by not.done.yet on Mar 8