I worked weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun) night shift for 5 years when my kids were in elementary school. My husband had off weekends. It was nice for the set schedule, never needed daycare or summer camp, nice pay. I also never had to worry about my kids staying home sick from school, doctor appointments, I never missed school events during the week. The downside to this shift, I missed every family get together, wedding, baptism or picnic for 5 years. I felt like my husband and I never spent any time together! Most nurses I worked with on the weekend program were parents (working the shift for childcare reasons) or nurses going back to school. A few ideas of other jobs that are more "family" friendly (according to nurses I have worked with) APU, SPU, PACU, pre-admission testing, inpatient rehab, and Heart station. I also know 2 nurses that left the hospital to become school nurses and love, love, love it. If I had to do it over again I would probably try and start out as a school nurse. In my state school nurses are on the teacher pay scale so over time you reach a good salary. You also have good benefits, retirement plan and a good work schedule. In my state for school nursing you need a BSN and a certification which can be done online. I wish I could work per diem however, I carry the health insurance. I think almost any job is more bearable and easier to recover physically when it is per diem hours. I have a friend who makes fabulous money working per diem in the hospital. She only works 8 hour shifts and picks and chooses when she wants to work. Her husband carries the insurance so she has more options.