Hello, I am just wondering from your experiences which nursing specialties are the least stressful? Especially for a mother who prefers the usual Monday-Friday 9-5 shifts
Being an RN in a doctor's office can be very stressful, the pay is considerably lower than in other areas of nursing, and there is no 9-5, you stay until the last patient leaves in the evening and many offices are now offering evening hours to accommodate their patients' work schedules. Also, most offices are going to hiring LPNs and MAs instead of RNs to cut expenses. There's not much autonomy because the doctor(s) are there when you are, so RNs aren't necessarily required in the office setting.
Different strokes for different folks, but I think the best thing about the nursing profession for a mother is the fact that you can work such varied hours and don't have to do the M-F, 9-5 grind. That was one of the things I took into consideration when choosing a profession. When our kids were little, I would work a couple of night shifts a week opposite of my husband's schedule so that he was home with them at night, and I was able to spend my days with my kids and we never once had to use substitute child care. It was awesome, almost like being a stay at home mom, and not something that a M-F, 9-5 mom gets to do.
Last edit by westieluv on May 8, '13