Quote from brownbook
Uh........wow what a question. I had a supportive husband and two school age kids. Working 32 hours a pay period, 11 pm to 7 am, including every other weekend, med/surg, was a perfect work life balance for me. I was very happy with it.
Everyone's life is different.
I admire nurses like you who are able to work the floor. run a family & kids and do it all. It's a loaded qstn. I'm only asking because my husband and I have been discussing starting a family. I am a little reluctant because although supportive, he sometimes doesn't get how exhausting my twelve hr shifts can be. For instance after 3 twelves in a row. I have found myself sleeping the whole day...he gets confused by that. I'll give you all a scenario...I had 7 surgical pts yesterday (7a-7:30p)...SEVEN!! Clearly we were short staffed....for the a millionth time, again. Meaning I was on my feet those twelve hrs running around, btwn giving their morphines&dilaudids in btwn other scheduled meds, checking BGs, teles, changing their PCAs, fluids, changing dressings, calling docs for various reasons, etc etc. You all know the drill..I did not catch a break! It's typical, I'm super exhausted after such shifts & I want nothing more than to eat & sleep (don't worry I'm not fat, lazy or obese). At least give me a day to recover. So before I even try to get off of that birth control. I'm considering looking for a nursing job that may give me some leverage in balancing my days, without losing my brain cells (challenging enough for my brain), no drain (I want to be able to do stuff prior to & before work, like normal people do, or like I used to do prior to nursing) & of course a decent pay, especially if kids get in the equation. I would hate to start a family without figuring this out because I know it's a tonne of work & responsibility. & also because i'd like to reserve my energy as I love exploring & doing a bunch of stuff outside of work( this doesn't happen during my work days unfortunately or 1st day off after my work shifts) I love nursing & the opportunities it offers, I just want to have a better work-life balance. I know there are nurses out there who do.