I'll be a new grad a year from now...I am starting my last year of nursing school in September. With three children, I am getting nervous about the prospect of working in a hospital as a new graduate and being required to work a lot of shifts, overtime, etc. However, most experienced nurses I speak to say that the best way to start off as a nurse is to start in a hospital for the experience. Is this true? Are there any new grads out there who start off doing something different, like working in a clinic or office? Also, is it possible as a new nurse to work per diem? I am starting a career in nursing not because I need the money or benefits, but because I love to care for people and I need the intellectual stimulation. For these reason I don't want to give up a majority of time to the career while my children are small (they are 6, 4, and 6 weeks old).
Thanks in advance for any advice!