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by Alararn89 Alararn89, MSN (New) New

Specializes in NICU. Has 8 years experience.

Hey everyone! I’m really struggling right now and would love any input you other nurses have. I worked for 6 years as a NICU nurse. When my daughter was born, I wasn’t able to get on day shifts and the nights were killing me. I finally decided to stay home with my kids for a while. I ended up getting my MSN while I was home. During that time, I also started a business as a health and life coach helping other women make their mental health a priority. So far I have helped several women and love coaching because it gives me the flexibility to be home.

My struggle is that I got reached out to by a NICU and they FInALLY offered me a day shift position. (I have tried to get a day shift NICU spot forever). It’s full time (3 12 hour shifts)…The NICU also told me there is an opportunity to move into an educator position down the road. I also found a day shift PRN job working as a hospital nurse coordinator (2 shifts a month). I’m really feeling torn. Torn between going back and advancing my NICU career or working on my business and working PRN. My kids are 3 and 5 now so I know they will be okay if I go back, but it’s been so long…any input would be great!

starmickey03, MSN, RN

Has 10 years experience. 638 Posts

I’m sure you’ve decided by now, but working 12 hr shifts was always hard for me when it came to the kids. I hated the idea of being gone before they woke up and not getting home until they were already asleep. Yes, it was only 3 days a week but it made me feel horrible. When I finally left I never looked back. Every position I’ve had since then (6 years ago) has been where I’m able to work my own hours or work from home. I have 4 kids- 2 teens and a 4&2 year old. I regret missing the time and extracurricular activities  with my older kids when they were small. 


traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 30 years experience. 164 Articles; 21,155 Posts

When my kids were little I worked nights because my husband worked days and this allowed me to be home when they woke up and went to bed (for the most part).