Just a thought.. In a clinic or MD's office (good luck finding that as a new grad unless you want to make MA pay), there would be things you would have to miss. Kindergarden graduations? Awards Days? Sometimes you can't get days off. No matter what profession you are in. Yes, when you work in acute care you have to work around things. I found it was the grown-ups that complained more than my kids (like my mother). It took a few years, but SHE adjusted. My family and I never missed a beat. Let's face it, we live in a 24/7 world. Nurses, MD's, police and firefighters are not the only one's that have to work. Truck drivers (my DH who makes more money for less hours than I work), grocery clerks, food service people. Kids are resilient. It's the grown-ups that can't adjust.