Would part time work be better?

  1. I'm about to enter nursing school and of course "plan the rest of my life":chuckle I'd like to know, mostly from all the unhappy nurses out there, if being able to work part time would make your career better, or even GREAT? One of the reasons nursing appeals to me is that I can work part time- my family has a business that I love doing- but not all the time- and I've allways been attracted to doing more than one job- helps keep things interesting- I could probably afford to buy my own insurance, just to address that issue.
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  3. by   Maryspam
    I really want to get some responses here so I'm trying to keep this thread up
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    I worked full-time after nursing school and always said yes to extra days and after 2 years burned myself out. Got preggers - not on purpose. Now I work part-time and I cannot tell you how much it has saved my sanity. I'm not here enough to get involved in all the "drama" between co-workers. I get to stay home with my son most of the time.

    I love it. Of course I'd really love it if I could stay home full time.

    steph
  5. by   Maryspam
    Thanks Stevielynn, good to know. Do you think you could go full time if you had to- or is nursing just overly stressful?
  6. by   llg
    It's always been my dream to work part-time (and I have what most would consider a "dream job" in nursing). I think that is probably true of just about any job in which you are busy and don't have full control over your activities.

    Financially, I need full time employment. But someday, I hope to drop my hours and semi-retire.

    llg
  7. by   Maryspam
    Thanks llg-What is your "dream job" if I may ask? How long have you been at it? Would you completely retire if you could?
  8. by   Blackcat99
    I am returning to nursing in August. I am working in a non-nursing job now due to nurse job stress. I am also taking care of my 82 year old mother who has Alzheimer's. I am only going to work part time in August as working full-time and dealing with Mom would be too much for me.
  9. by   frann
    I work part time-prn actually. usually about 1-3 days a week. I've been learning to say "no" better. I work 9-5ish, no weekends, no holidays. I like it this way. Of course I have a hubby to pay the insurance etc.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Maryspam
    Thanks Stevielynn, good to know. Do you think you could go full time if you had to- or is nursing just overly stressful?
    No, never ever ever again!!

    Part of it is the shift I work, 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is hard to get to bed early enough to get a decent amount of sleep before the alarm rings at 1:45 a.m.

    Part of it is I always stayed home with my older kids prior to getting my degree and I loved it and miss it.

    I work in a rural setting and the stress level here is not that high. Although there are days. I don't think I would work full-time in any job.

    steph
  11. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from stevielynn
    ... I work part-time and I cannot tell you how much it has saved my sanity...
    Think that's very smart.

    And an excellent reason for nursing as a career choice.
  12. by   Maryspam
    Larry- I've been very afraid of all my reasons for nursing as a career choice-(DOESN'T INCLUDE MAGICAL CALLING) but there really aren't many things out there that can be done part time- for reasonably good pay- and it really seems I could actually LIKE this job if I didn't have to be there ALL THE TIME.
  13. by   llg
    Quote from Maryspam
    Thanks llg-What is your "dream job" if I may ask? How long have you been at it? Would you completely retire if you could?
    I have been a nurse for 27 years and have a PhD. My current job combines staff development with a little administration. It's great in that I have a lot of autonomy, flexibility with my hours, etc. The essence of it is that I help the VP for nursing investigate and solve problems, develop new programs, teach and mentor less educated/experienced nurses, etc.

    Sometimes I feel like I am actually accomplishing something (e.g. establishing a nursing student extern program, establishing an endowed fund for nursing scholarships, etc.). However, it can be frustrating to "work with the system" to try to get it to do what I want it to do. For example, today I find myself once again caught in the crossfire between our hospital attorney and the attorney from a university in another state -- trying to arrange an affiliation agreement for a hospital employee getting a degree in an online program so that she can do her clinicals here. That's not fun.

    Then, there are always frustrations when so much of your success/failure depends upon working with/through other people. People just don't always do what you want them to do!

    So ... yes ... by Friday, I am very ready for the weekend. 5 straight days of work is tiring, even though it is mental and emotional work as opposed to on-your-feet physical work. I often wish I could afford to work only 2 or 3 days per week so that I could have more days to "refresh my energy cells" more often.

    llg
  14. by   waters!
    well i work full time and love it (i love nursing) but i think part time may also work! hey! i say go for it.

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