"In the end, all that matters to me is that I am happy, healthy, have a roof over my head, and food in my belly. The career path I have chosen is a means to that end, and the fact that others cannot understand or respect that does not change how I feel at all."
I couldn't have said it any better!
I was a 32 year old, new grad RN, when I took my school nurse position last year. I toyed with the notion of going to work in a hospital, like all of my fellow nursing grad friends.... but I'm the one who has more balance in my life.... time for family, friends, MYSELF. I couldn't care less about the pay... I make enough to support myself and help my hubby (who's working full time and going through nursing school pre-reqs currently). Life is good.... I enjoy working in a small private school (96 students total) the kids are great, the school staff is nothing but respectful and supportive of a team environment... I like the challenge of learning new things - even the paperwork part of it (different kind of paperwork than hospitals)....I enjoy leaving at a decent time every day.... and I know that if I need to, I could get a second shift job. Having weekends and holidays off is practically unheard of for my friends working in hospitals.
I still get to use my nursing judgement, and make decisions based on it... and I get to educate the kids, which I really have a good time with.
There are days that I'm bored, but I am far more content here, and I'm not sure I can picture myself anywhere else right now.