Since graduating nursing school 5 years ago, I've had no problem with finding a position in med-surg, but I can't seem to get ahead on the career path. I had my first child earlier than planned (a wonderful oops), and although I love my kids I find it really difficult to juggle working full-time and being there for them like I want to. So, I have been per diem for a couple years, only working a couple times a month and staying home with the kiddos during the week. Since my youngest has recently turned 2, I now have him in daycare and am working part-time hours. But now I don't have enough hours for the 2,000 minimum clinical hours to get my certification which I'm really bummed out about. I feel like my career is in limbo. Want to get my BSN but I need to wait for the kids to grow up a bit since it's my husband that's going to school right now to further his career. Both parents going to school and working would just be to much strain for the family. Oh, how the rest of the world doesn't know the sacrifices of a mother....I will just have to enjoy my children while they are so young. They will never be this little and cute again!