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Police Officer Husband and Nurse2b Wife

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Hi There! Just wondering if there is anyone out there who is a nurse and has a police officer husband or husband in law enforcement, sheriff etc...i will be starting nursing school in 2008 and my husband (hopefully) will be starting police academy soon. we have two children ages 1 and 6 and I have an extremely supportive family. any thoughts or advice? maybe what it is like being a nurse and also having a husband/spouse/significant other that is in law enforcement...

NurseCard, ADN

Specializes in Med/Surge, Psych, LTC, Home Health. Has 13 years experience.

No advice here whatsoever. =) But I just wanted to wish the both of you lots of luck!

Hi There! Just wondering if there is anyone out there who is a nurse and has a police officer husband or husband in law enforcement, sheriff etc...i will be starting nursing school in 2008 and my husband (hopefully) will be starting police academy soon. we have two children ages 1 and 6 and I have an extremely supportive family. any thoughts or advice? maybe what it is like being a nurse and also having a husband/spouse/significant other that is in law enforcement...

it will be frustrating at times as is with partners working different shifts but with cooperation with the bosses and patience with each other you should both have fulfilling career

I have been happily married 23 years to my police officer husband. When we were dating he just finished college and soon started police academy. I started nursing school. We married after i finished the LVN part of a career ladder program. I went to work as an LVN part time while attending school. My husband finished one year as a police officer and was off probation when we got married. So he was very secure in his job at the time we married. At the time, 23 years ago... nursing was different, I worked only an 8 hour shift 3-11pm and he was working 4-12pm.. worked out real well... had my first kid 4 years later... i became a stay at home mom... his schedule still worked out real well... and he went to 10 hour pm shifts.. had a second kid 2 years later... I am probably a minority, but i like the 8 hour shifts better.. and feel it worked out best in my situation. I don't like the fact that in nursing, mostly hospital, they make you work every other weekend... which is fine if your police officer husband doesn't work weekends, but after many years they get seniority and are able to get every weekend off. After many years of nursing most floor nurses don't earn that privilege. I returned to med-surg a year ago april after staying at home with my 2 kids. What's incredible about nursing is you can opt to raise a family ( I kept my license active) and I was able to get back into the profession. It was somewhat difficult coming back at first...but it's like riding a bicycle....

kstec, LPN

Specializes in Geriatrics/Family Practice. Has 1 years experience.

I am a nurse married to a police officer and it works out okay. The down fall is that you both have to work holidays and weekends and it makes for a difficult time with children. I work primarily at a family practice clinic, the pay sucks, but the hours allow for me to be home at night and weekends with my boys. My husband has no choice but to work 5 weekends in a row and three weekends off, and he works the holidays that he is scheduled whether it be 6 Christmas' in a row or not. Also for after school programs that my kids go to (daycare type) if I depended on my husband to pick up the boys it would be hard due to the fact that if he gets a late call he won't be home until 7pm or later and the daycare closes at 6pm. We've made it work, but you as a nurse you have alot more flexibility than your husband.

suehp

Specializes in Stroke Rehab, Elderly, Rehab. Ortho. Has 20 years experience.

I am a Nurse and my Hubby used to be a cop. We used to work similar shifts when able to before we had our kids. I was a Manager so was able to set my schedule around him - at the very least we made sure we had the same days off. Once we had the kids we used to work opposite each other although Grandparents were aroudn to help babysitting too. In this case we used to make sure we had the same days off. It worked like that for quite a number of years.

Since he was retired on illhealth he is always at home. He misses the comradship in policing. (he was a cop in the UK where we used to live before coming to the USA)

Good luck toyou both!;)

JustMe

Has 30 years experience.

I had been a nurse only a few years when I met my law enforcement guy. He was very supportive of my job--pm shift, weekends, holidays, etc. Because I was the only nurse in my family no one understood these weird shifts--but he did. We have been married 24 years. I still work in the hospital after all these years and, yes, he still understands even tho he has retired. He's even been very understanding when I wanted to go back to school--first my BSN and more recently my MSN. He the best guy in the whole world--I wouldn't trade him for anything!!:redbeathe

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