A little history here. I'm a RN. My husband is a RN. I got pregnant and worked PRN with my first child, but it was too difficult for childcare and more of a PIA than anything, so i stopped working. My husband is FULLY supportive of this, and feels good that i am staying at home with our children.
well i had another baby. He's 8 weeks old (and beautiful to boot!
) and i'm staying at home with him and my 2 year old. My husband is a traveling RN, but we are going to settle here in Chicago for a while so he can finish some classes for his BS. He'll just do traveling locally and staffing here because the money is better.
The cost of living is HIGH here. We knew that, but are a little stunned by it i guess you could say.
So it makes things harder. So i was thinking about going back to work. If i do, the situation would have to be right. It would more than likely be part time, and i want to work in the ER. I have NO INTEREST in med/surg nursing anymore. I've done my time. But i've not had any "real" ER experience. So i'm thinking of dropping in a few apps after i get my IL license here.
I want to go back to work for a couple of reasons.
1. because i need the adult interaction.
2. we could definitely benefit from the money.
3. i miss nursing (don't miss the BS, but miss the job in general!)
4. it would take some of the load off my husband. That would be nice.
But i'll miss my babies. And i would have to put them in some sort of daycare. I'm thinking i may put my 2 year old in some sort of nursery school. But what about my baby? i don't know if i have the heart to even be away from him for 2 days a week! And will it cost me more in daycare to do that than its worth to work? He's a breastfed baby, and i'm not worried about that. Cuz i know i can pump (i'm a MILK MACHINE! :chuckle )
I'm in no rush to make this decision. Like i said, it has to be the right job, the right unit, the right money, etc...But i'm kinda going crazy at home with 2 kids 2 and under, and i think i would benefit getting out there a little.
Any thoughts on how to come to terms with this? Or to make it easier for myself? Has anyone left nursing for a while to raise a family and gone back part time? How was it? Was it worth it? Was it worth the effort and strain it may have put on your kids/spouse?
I'm not sure what i'm asking for help for. I'm new to Chicago, i have NO clue on how to even find a daycare setting. Much less what hospital to apply at. lol I guess this is more of a putting my thoughts down in writing post, and i will welcome any input! :chuckle
Dec 4, '02
I would think that your best bet if you want to only work part time is to start in the specialty you know, recognizing that you are doing this as a means to an end. (I do not recommend sharing your immediate goal of going to the ED with a manager right away though, unless you have an immediate rapport in the interview)
When you start working in a new facility you always have to do the general hospital orientation and credentialing stuff. It would be easier to be hired as a part time employee if you went to a unit where they would only initially have to train you on how they do it there...and not how to do many new tasks, and teach you new areas of knowledge. If you worked general med surg-it might be a possibility to try telemetry as a part time position. You have the med surg part down from previous experience, and could concentrate n learning rhythms and cardiac amergencies. Then you could do the next step to the Er-selling yourself as knowing med surg and cardiac and wanting to learn ER. Might be a slower way to go but could meet your needs of stimulation and income.
Once you are a part of a hospital it is much easier to transfer within. It could also give you the opportunity to meet more local people to help give you personal info about childcare are in the area. Many times it is difficult to switch to a new new specialty on a part time basis because of the manager's belief that the cost of training and the length of time to get you to feel comfortable could be prohibitive. The less you have to learn for each new position, especially when you want to work limited hours makes the transition much easier each time and makes you a more attractive job applicant.
Last edit by Gardengal on Dec 4, '02