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single mothers: best area of nursing to go into re: hours and salary?

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I would like to hear from the single mothers who have found an area of nursing that works great for them in regards to being able to be their for their children as well as financially support everyone well. I dont see how 12 hour shifts would work for a single mom w/o family around to take care of their kids, when would you ever see your kids and who would put them on the bus and take them home from school? Im an RN student trying to get a head start of where I apply for jobs when I graduate. Thanks!

The only thing I can think of off the top is a doctor's office. The pay is less than working a hospital, but working hours would be while kids are in school and you would have holidays off. It also just occurred to me that school nurse would be good for hours as well, plus summers off where you could do PRN work if you need the money.

The only thing I can think of off the top is a doctor's office. The pay is less than working a hospital, but working hours would be while kids are in school and you would have holidays off. It also just occurred to me that school nurse would be good for hours as well, plus summers off where you could do PRN work if you need the money.

Perhap home health. The hours are reasonable, and the pay is probably more than in a doctor's office.

Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN

Somewhere in the PACNW

Home health hours would be good for single moms, but I'm not sure home health is a good fit for a new grad. I believe there are some new grads that have made the transition to home health successfully, but it's not something I would recommend, nor would I want a new grad practicing on me. It's nothing personal, but in my opinion, you should have some acute care experience before practicing by yourself in pt's homes.

public health. Flexable hours, nights, weekends & holidays off. You can leave if your kids are sick.....It's a good place for a mother.

i apologize for my ignorance....public health means what exactly?

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

Those are all very good suggestions if it is doable in your area.

It's not in my world. Those plum spots are available by seniority and experience. I've been working ten years now and still don't have the seniority to be working in outpatients or some of the public health units (nicer locations, if I wanted Inner City, it would be mine).

This has been a problem for me most of my working life. Due to my husband's job, I'm basically a single mother half the year. It was hard when I was in school and started working. Many childcare centres don't open until 07 and that's when day shift STARTS. So my choices were limited. Doctor's offices, working weekends when they were old enough to spend the day by themselves (12+).

Nursing can be rewarding, but the system isn't going to change because we are mothers. I work with women in their late 20s and early 30s who think because my children are now in their late teens, I should work their weekends, evenings and night shifts so they can be home. They feel they are the only ones deserving of summer holidays and Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Canada days at home. I've missed soccer games, cubnight and all sorts of things I wanted to attend because of the job.

With hindsight, I would have picked another line of work, when they were younger, because those are events I'll never get back. Now I just have my future grandchildren to hope for and live through.

elprup, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience.

Clinic nursing. No 24/7 and noweekends. Unless it's flu season.

Try to get clinicals in places like that so you can have foot in door.

(wic clinic, public health, google clinic in you area to also get an idea.

And Dr'S offices.). I graduated may 08 and just got a job I like and

think is good fit for my kids and I.

as a single mother w/no support, I could never work weekends, holidays or 12 hour shifts. Im also in a position where I need to make at least 60K starting in NY. would public health fit this criteria? how about clinics? doctors offices? remember im in NY

as a single mother w/no support, I could never work weekends, holidays or 12 hour shifts. Im also in a position where I need to make at least 60K starting in NY. would public health fit this criteria? how about clinics? doctors offices? remember im in NY

Honestly, you're options are very limited. The reality is that nurses work weekends, nights, holidays, and 12 hour shifts. As others mentioned, the jobs with more desirable schedules are hard to come by and usually go to experienced nurses.

bagladyrn, RN

Specializes in OB.

Don't necessarily write off 12 hour shifts as a single parent. I worked them for all of my son's life.

With 12 hr shifts you are only arranging care for 3 days a week. If you work nights once your child is school age you are gone mostly during their sleep time, can sleep while they are in school and can be awake and have good time with them during the after school hours and even be available to pick them up from after school activities.

I really didn't find it difficult to find a sitter willing to have my child for 3 nights/week. It's easy for them as they get paid for a sleeping child.

RNDreamer

Specializes in acute care.

I would like to hear from the single mothers who have found an area of nursing that works great for them in regards to being able to be their for their children as well as financially support everyone well. I dont see how 12 hour shifts would work for a single mom w/o family around to take care of their kids, when would you ever see your kids and who would put them on the bus and take them home from school? Im an RN student trying to get a head start of where I apply for jobs when I graduate. Thanks!

Check out Visiting Nurse Service of NY. They start out at >70k, if I recall correctly.

http://www.vnsny.org/careers/positions-by-specialty/home-health-nursing-internships/

There may be an occassion w/e though, not 100 percent sure. But I'm sure they have something that fits your needs.

cant do weekends or holidays, no childcare and no family around

cant do weekends or holidays, no childcare and no family around

You're going to have problems then. Who is watching them while you're in school now? You will probably have to look into paying for private childcare. If you absolutely cannot work any nights, weekends or holidays you will have a difficult time finding a job as a new grad. Isn't it well known that the vast majority of nurses do not work m-f 9-5? As other posters have mentioned, those 9-5's are coveted by many people and they usually do not go to inexpiernced new grads.

I work in case management. You work from home, you make your own hours and appts, you have the flexibility to go out and pick the kids up from school. You are off all the holidays with pay, and no weekends. Not sure if they hire new grads though in this field. And not ALL case managers work from home. Oh, and the pay is excellant, a lot more than any patient care jobs I've had.

Home health might be pretty flexible, too, in terms of running to pick up kids and such. Some do hire new grads, though I myself would not feel comfortable in that sort of job without experience.

Doctors offices are good too, though a lot are open on weekends now. And if you can even get one to hire an RN, the pay will be low.

linearthinker, DNP, RN

Specializes in FNP. Has 25 years experience.

cant do weekends or holidays, no childcare and no family around

You are going to have to hire childcare. I don't think such a job exists for a new graduate. 8-4 Mon-Fri opportunities are going to go to people with with experience, and whom have "paid their dues" so to speak.

HeartsOpenWide, RN

Specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

Not to sound starky, but "beggars can't be choosers" It is hard enough to get any job as a new grad, let alone one that pays well, does not require weekends, and is only 8 hr shifts. As others have pointed out; these are usually reserved for the experienced/seniority nurse.