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by Tattooed_LPN Tattooed_LPN (New Member) New Member

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Hi AL, I recently passed my nclex and am currently waiting on my license, I received an am shift full time job offer at a nursing home 15-20 minutes from my house, I believe the shift starts at 6:30am which means I would have to leave the house around 6:00am and head straight to work to ensure good timing.

Heres the problem, the earliest my kids can be at school is 6:15am. Their dad isnt willing to help with getting them to school and Im limited on other options for assistance with them. How do you single moms do it? What shift do you work to juggle motherhood? I want an am shift so that I can be home with them everynight but how am I supposed to get them to school??? All advise is welcome.

Ps they are little so I cant let them walk to school alone

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loriangel14 works as a hospital floor nurse..

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I was in that boat when I was in school and had to go to clinical sites early. I hired a teenager from down the street. She came to the house and got them up when it was time for school. That way they could sleep in. How old are your kids?

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and works as a Staff nurse educator.

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Not a single parent, but have two siblings who are and have workarounds for before and after work concerns. What about partnering up with a neighbor? Perhaps there is someone who has the same issue as you but with after-school. Would it be possible to ask around and see if a deal could be set up where your kids go to the neighbor's in the morning and the neighbor's kids come to your house in the afternoon?

Are you 100% positive the shift starts at 0630? Verify that first. It could be that you would have the time in the morning if it's not truly 0630.

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I was in that boat when I was in school and had to go to clinical sites early. I hired a teenager from down the street. She came to the house and got them up when it was time for school. That way they could sleep in. How old are your kids?

5 & 7

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Not a single parent, but have two siblings who are and have workarounds for before and after work concerns. What about partnering up with a neighbor? Perhaps there is someone who has the same issue as you but with after-school. Would it be possible to ask around and see if a deal could be set up where your kids go to the neighbor's in the morning and the neighbor's kids come to your house in the afternoon?

Are you 100% positive the shift starts at 0630? Verify that first. It could be that you would have the time in the morning if it's not truly 0630.

Im not 100% sure on the start time but a friend told thats what she was told, and they attend a neighborhood Catholic school, most kids in the neighborhood attend the assigned public school. But i like your idea

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I was in that boat when I was in school and had to go to clinical sites early. I hired a teenager from down the street. She came to the house and got them up when it was time for school. That way they could sleep in. How old are your kids?

How much should i expect to pay someone?

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loriangel14 works as a hospital floor nurse..

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Oh my I don't remember what paid her. It was a long time ago . Maybe find out what the local rate for babysitting is. She could get them up and walk them to school.

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middleagednurse has 50+ years experience and works as a RN.

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Find a babysitter in your school district. Take the kids, the sitter can feed kids breakfast and put them on the bus.

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vintagemother works as a Nurse and Mom.

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I typically worked PMs, but also worked AMs on occasion as a single parent LVN. I used my child's after school program and also used a licensed family child care provider for the times I needed to work outside of those hours. I pay approx $100-200 per month.

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and works as a MedLeg Consul/Educator/WHNP(E)-FNP.

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Duplicate threads merged.

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misstrinad has 1+ years experience and works as a RN.

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When I was a cna And started at 6am I used to use a before school program that opened at 530 and was able to drop my daughter off And just barely make it to work.

Is there any way you can drop them off at school at 615 and make it to work on time? Or is there a friend, grandparent , sitter, daycare you can drop the kids off at and they can take the bus from there? Otherwise finding a sitter to come to your house in the morning is your best bet...good job for a college student wanting to make some extra cash before going to class.

As for the rest of your question......Starting so early is sticky...when I started my first nursing job I started at 7am....luckily my daughter got picked up by the bus at 640 so I had just enough time to make it there. As a single parent I work day shifts....but depend on my family to help me when I get mandated for doubles or need some OT . I would like to switch to the hospital but would have to work swing shifts and wouldn't have a set schedule plus would have to start earlier (and I'm not interested in working in a clinic)....Instead I'm staying at a LTC facility for crappy pay because it is 5 minutes from my daughters school, 12 minutes from home, I work straight day shifts, my schedule is set in stone for am unlimited amount of time, And I don't start until 7am. Until my daughter is older this is what works for us.

Facilities have different start times....maybe you need to look into working else where if the other options don't work out.

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xoemmylouox has 13 years experience and works as a Nurse.

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I don't have advice to offer, but I want to say good for you. Just because Dad isn't willing to help you are still trying to find a way to make this work. I agree that maybe trying to find a babysitter to cover those inbetween times. You will also want to work on arrangements now for when school is out, late start days, snow/weather days, etc. You can't call off and won't be able to take vacation everytime their schedule changes.

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