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Old 08-18-2012, 09:22 PM   #1
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Nurses: Tell me more!

I've always felt really drawn to the nursing field and am contemplating actually jumping in and doing it! My dh works crazy hours to provide for us now, and I always think it'd be perfect for me to work a few days a week as a nurse and free him up to not have to work 50-80+ hours a week.

I'd love to hear what field of nursing you're in, how many days a week/month you work, and how you juggle work and family. :-).

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I have been a RN for a little over 6 years now. It is an amazing and fulfilling career. It you are interested in the field, and you love peoPle, it's awesome. I have done all different kinds of nursing. Mainly ER, some icu and some in-home hospice. Hospice is my favorite, but it is daytime hours and 24/7 call if you do in home. I plan to do it again when kids are older, but for now I am working in the ER at night on the weekends while my husband is home with dd. I have never had a problem finding a job wherever we go and a schedule that is exactly what I want, but I have heard that its harder for new grads these days so I can't really speak to that. Hope that helps and GL!
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I've been an RN for 5 yrs. I work in L&D. Now that I'm a mom I am per diem status which requires that I commit to 3 days a month. I can schedule more but don't. And usually I only work 1-2 shifts. I bring home anywhere from $600-1200 a month to help. Depending on the shift and how many I do love the flexibility for sure! It's awesome!!
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I graduated in 92. I've done several years of ER, bedside dialysis, med/surg floor nursing, and out patient surgery, to name a few. Outpatient surgery had the best hours, no weekend, eve or holidays. Otherwise, we have eaten Thanksgiving dinner in the hospital cafeteria, and had Easter Egg hunts in the nurses' lounge during my morning break, and communion from a visiting priest on Christmas Eve in the ER. It is a balance. It is rewarding. I can't imagine doing anything else.
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I've been an RN for 5 yrs. I work in L&D. Now that I'm a mom I am per diem status which requires that I commit to 3 days a month. I can schedule more but don't. And usually I only work 1-2 shifts. I bring home anywhere from $600-1200 a month to help. Depending on the shift and how many I do love the flexibility for sure! It's awesome!!
What is per diem status exactly? Do you earn it or select it? Any tips for an aspiring nurse? I have a BS in an unrelated field (bible & theology with a psych minor), so I've got all the science prerequisites to do first. :-)
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I've been a nurse for 5 years. I worked L&D/postpartum for the first 2 and then I took a 6 month leave of absence to stay at home after my DS was born. When I went back to work, I went back PRN into the float pool at our hospital. What that means for me is I tell them when I'll be there and then when I get there in the morning, they tell me where I'm going to work for the day. It's been great because I've gotten a lot of experience. I mostly work in our med surg unit but I'm no stranger to our ICU, psych ward, wound care clinic, day surgery, my old L&D "home", etc.

I would encourage you to make sure you really have a heart for nursing before you jump into it just to make some extra bucks. It's a very rewarding profession, but it's definitely not for everyone. It can be very difficult in many ways - from seeing death all over the age spectrum to dealing with the very cranky and demanding public. I assume you are, but just make sure you're really giving it a WHOLE lot of thought.

[QUOTE=Sarai*;15566218]I graduated in 92. I've done several years of ER, bedside dialysis, med/surg floor nursing, and out patient surgery, to name a few. Outpatient surgery had the best hours, no weekend, eve or holidays. Otherwise, we have eaten Thanksgiving dinner in the hospital cafeteria, and had Easter Egg hunts in the nurses' lounge during my morning break, and communion from a visiting priest on Christmas Eve in the ER. It is a balance. It is rewarding. I can't imagine doing anything else.[/QUOTE]

My first thought was "Aww, how sweet!" and then when I got to "morning break" I was all like "Whaaaat?! I wanna work where ever that is so that I can get a break too!!" LOL
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Good point! It's something that has been on my heart since high school off and on, but I ended up following a different path, got married and had two kiddos. :-). Now I daydream about taking A&P, I love problem solving and managing details, and I really get a lot of fulfillment from serving people with compassion. I've mostly found that fulfillment in providing peer counseling in various venues, and I know nursing would provide for using all those skills. Plus, I wouldn't have to call the shots (like a doctor) but I could be a supporting team member. Is that an accurate assumption?
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I am a social worker but I work in healthcare. I have worked in home health, the hospital, and hospice. I love what I do. And I didn't have to take any of the hard science classes! Nurses are my best friends and we have such mutual respect for each other.

You said you have a degree in theology/psychology right? Have you ever considered going back to get a Masters in Social Work? You could still work in the medical field, helping people in a different way. I got my job now because of the internship I did in graduate school, so it was pretty easy to transition... Just something to think about
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I graduated in 92. I've done several years of ER, bedside dialysis, med/surg floor nursing, and out patient surgery, to name a few. Outpatient surgery had the best hours, no weekend, eve or holidays. Otherwise, we have eaten Thanksgiving dinner in the hospital cafeteria, and had Easter Egg hunts in the nurses' lounge during my morning break, and communion from a visiting priest on Christmas Eve in the ER. It is a balance. It is rewarding. I can't imagine doing anything else.[/QUOTE]

My first thought was "Aww, how sweet!" and then when I got to "morning break" I was all like "Whaaaat?! I wanna work where ever that is so that I can get a break too!!" LOL
As I'm sure you are familiar with, the labor laws state you are entitled to a break, and like most nurses, I was too busy to take it, but on Easter I made an exception. Believe me, it wasn't a normal thing, lol. I wish.
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I am a social worker but I work in healthcare. I have worked in home health, the hospital, and hospice. I love what I do. And I didn't have to take any of the hard science classes! Nurses are my best friends and we have such mutual respect for each other.

You said you have a degree in theology/psychology right? Have you ever considered going back to get a Masters in Social Work? You could still work in the medical field, helping people in a different way. I got my job now because of the internship I did in graduate school, so it was pretty easy to transition... Just something to think about
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