When I graduated nursing a few years ago school I had a 2 y/o and 4 y/o. My husband worked M-F 8-530/or 12-930pm. We wanted to use as little childcare as possible so I tried a few things.
1. Private duty with peds- pay was low, schedule flexible, not stressful- BUT I felt strange leaving my young kids to go care for other young kids- I had NO break from kids. I needed more adult interaction from my work.
2. Corrections nursing- working at the state prison- excellent benefits, good pay, most days not too stressful, it was fun, shifts usually 0600-1430, or work per-diem, swing, nights, weekends, doubles. Quite flexible. Variety of areas to work in. Working at the county jail can be more stress due to fresh off the street/detoxing depending on where you live.
3. School Nurse: pay/benefits not so great where I am. Role of nurse varies by district- 1:1, management, or oversee health room. Most of the summer off. Stressful at the beginning of the year setting up, but not if 1:1 provider. Hours vary by role and district. No holidays/weekends. But you may be doing work off the clock to keep up, like teachers.
4. Hospital- 12 hour nights have been so rough for me with kindergarten/1st grader. Some love it. Night shift just doesn't groove with me. I love 12's with the kids because I can volunteer at their school, more days off with them. I work weekends when my husband is home to watch them and one weekday. I just changed to per-diem to have more time off with them over summer. I am looking to get away from bedside because I don't care for it so now looking to work psych, per-diem procedural and/or back to corrections.
I am struggling to find what works for our family again. Would love to do GI full time but 10 hour shifts won't work for us. I think per-diem has been very helpful.