Dear Nurse Beth,
I have been an RN for almost 12 years, with exclusive pediatric experience (mostly ICU). This past year I had my first child, after many years of trying and miscarriages. Since she has been born, I feel so burnt out. All I want to do is spend time with her. I love my coworkers and patients, but I feel like I am missing her growing up. I can't quit my current job, or gopart time for financial reasons. I also owe my facility for my BSN I finished last year.
I have two options: I am interviewing fora RN Case manager on my current unit. This involves a schedule change from 3 days a week to M-F with a commute. I don't know if that's a better move for increased family time, but it will be less
stressful and fulfill my requirements to pay back my BSN.
I have applied to an insurance company to do a work from home Concurrent Review. It has flexible hours, and I can definitely spend more time with family. The pay will likely be more, which should allow me to pay back my BSN. I would stay PRN in the PICU to maintain my skills, just in case I want to go back to bedside when she's older.
Am I making a mistake leaving my job of almost 12 years? Which option should I take? I have such anxiety over this--my thought is that my baby is only a baby once...and with my experience, bedside PICU nursing will always be there.
Dear My Baby is a Baby Only Once,
Congrats on your baby girl!
You are so very right- a baby is a baby only once. PICU will always be there.
At the same time, safeguard the career you've worked hard to achieve. You are wise to plan for maintaining your skills and keeping your foot in the door. I get many sad letters from nurses who "quit" for 10 years or more, and then can't get back in the market.
Your anxiety is a sign, I'm glad you are listening, and I believe you will find the right path for you and your family. Love and enjoy that little one. The time goes by very fast.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!