Hi all! I am currently an L&D nurse and have been for 5 years. I work three 12s a week night shift. I just got accepted into the CNM program at frontier and am going to do that part time. My dilemma is a nightshift clinician job came up that would give me some managment experience while still being at the bedside. My duties wouldnt go above and beyond that much compared to a charge nurse with a few other responsibilities. My schedule wpuld then be two 8s and two 12s. I want the experience, but am worried that the extra night of work will conflict with school. My pipe dream is to open up a birth center near my hometown... Management experience might be great for this goal? I have a family at home and supportive husband, just dont want to pile on too much. Any suggestions?
Unless it has an increase in pay that's important to your family, I wouldn't. Opening a birth center is going to require business acumen, and that's not something you will get from that job.
In addition, Charge Nurses are not mangers, they are nurse leaders. Managers have direct reports. So unless you will have direct reports, you will not receive management experience within this new position. On the other hand, if you wish to become an official nurse leader, the position will be helpful. Otherwise, I encourage you to take on unofficial roles as a nurse leader of committees and unit based projects. Good luck!