Quote from kgard7777
I am a Medical Coder for a hospital and I see where I can use nursing along with Coding to better opportunities. I do not plan on giving up Coding but get my Nursing degree and maybe work on weekends or in spare time... Does anyone here do the same thing? Pros Cons...
I am a Health Claims Analyst presently (and for the past 13 yrs for the same company). I work from home for them. As long as I get in 30 hrs between Monday and Sunday, I can work any day I want for as long or as little as I want. I make a nice pay, have good insurance, 401K, I have an insane amount of sick time and vacation time, seniority and they love me (their words, not mine) and pretty much let me do what I want with nothing said from them. I have job security. My company is thrilled that I am back to school finishing up something I started years ago. They are even thinking of working my nursing into the company. They were going to do it prior to me telling them of my going back to school but when they found out I was going back to nursing school they were elated. They know me and my work ethics so they know I am the one they want for the job they are creating.
Before going to school full-time, I was home all the time for both my daughters ages 5 and 14. I was able to be home with my little one during her first 5 years. I don't have to worry about calling in when one of them is home sick or has to come home d/t illness at school, I never miss a play or event during school hours etc.
I have every intention on keeping my job (Health Claims Analyst) and working a few shifts a week when I get my LPN license. I am not making too much less than what I can make as a nurse so why would I quit this job to work weekends, holidays, odd shifts, miss my daughters school events, have to worry about loosing my job if I call out d/t my kid(s) being home from school sick, worry about finding a "babysitter" on the weeks that they have school vacations, driving in the snow and ice, etc?? Once my little one is a bit older and I am not needed 24/7 I'll go more full time w/nursing.
I am not going into nursing for the money. I am going into nursing because I love to help people feel better, both emotionally and physically.
I hear exactly what you are saying and agree w/you 100%. (well except for I am not worried about the horror stories so thats not my reasons for doing nursing as a side job)