I am graduating in May, starting in the PICU in September. I have been a stay-at-home mom for 7 years, and have three little girls ranging from 1-7 years old. I love being at home, and have enjoyed nursing school
. I have a masters in applied economics and did not wish to return to my earlier career, and I am excited that soon I will be a nurse.
My goal when I started nursing school was to work in a PICU! I feel as though a dream has been fulfilled. Our PICU requires a 16-20 week orientation (depending on the individual needs of the RN) during which time I must work full-time. I am having second thoughts about this job (or any hospital job, for that matter) because of the full-time orientation! I have never intended to work full-time and although my contract states that my requirement is 40 hours, I plan to try to move to a part-time schedule as soon as orientation is completed. I have verbalized this to the unit manager.
My question to the more experienced nurses out there is hard to put into words. I can tell from the lurking I have done on this site that most of you love your jobs in the PICU. I can understand why, and I am sure I will love it too. Are there many part-time PICU nurses out there? If I am not committed to a full-time schedule, am I going to "make it" in the PICU? I suppose I need some words of encouragement. I have a lot of guilt over even thinking about working full time for 5 months. I do not have to work for financial reasons - my motivations are purely selfish: intellectual, emotional, etc. I am wondering if I should just stay home for the next few years until my youngest starts kindergarten; however, by then I will have been out of school for four years. How rusty will my skills be then!?? Would anyone hire me??!?
Any personal insights/words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.