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Ask any mother, and they will tell you—being a mom is a full time job. There are no sick days, no vacation time or paid time off to be had, and you are always on the clock. Moms who have full-time jobs on top of their demanding, yet amazing, motherly duties may feel that it’s incredibly difficult to stay on top of things. Moms who are full-time nurses, particularly working on a rotating schedule or swing shift, may feel that it’s nearly impossible. However, regardless of how stressful things get, moms just seem to have a way of putting the pieces back together with grace and love. These “Nurse Mamas” are the healers of all boo-boos, the solvers of all problems, and the doers of the impossible! If you’re a mom in the healthcare field, we take our hats off to all of your hard work and relentless efforts, both in your professional life and personal life! Read on for tips to help you conquer Mom-Duty with your busy work schedule just in time for Mother’s Day!
Balancing Mom-Life and a career in Nursing may feel nearly impossible at times, but it CAN be done! There are countless numbers of women across the country and around the world who have answered their calling of caring for others, both at home and in the workplace. If you’re in need of a motherly boost this weekend, read below for tips on how to get one step closer to feeling like “Supermom”. You might just be doing these things already anyway!
Even the “super-est” of moms can’t expect to do EVERYTHING themselves. For a busy working mom, it’s essential to have a good support system behind you to lean on. During your busy shifts, you want to know that your child or children are in capable and loving hands. Even though you may want to, you won’t be able to leave or call off work every time your child is sick. Also, your work schedule might not always align with being able to get your child on or off the school bus. For a nurse, flexibility is key, and with a team of loved ones who understand your demanding career, things will always run more smoothly.
There will, inevitably, be shifts that leave you wanting to pull your hair out. Patients will be rude, staff will be limited, and that full moon will really throw things for a loop! However, as frustrated and stressed as you may feel, do your best to check it with your time card. Keep in mind that for every particularly difficult patient, there is another one who truly appreciates what you do for them. Also, your family didn’t witness all of the trials and tribulations you just experienced, and they will just be excited that Mom is home. Do your best to bring only the positive energy and emotions home with you, and we promise it will make for a much happier day or evening with your loved ones.
Do you have a colleague who seems to always be one step ahead of you when it comes to managing Mom-Life and Nursing? The mom who just has a way of pulling everything off perfectly while you feel like you’re drowning in work responsibilities, school projects, and parent meetings? Well, I’ll let you in on a secret—they are just as stressed out and exhausted as you are…they’re just better at faking it. Whatever you do, don’t compare yourself to what other “Nurse Moms” are doing. With most things in life, we rarely meet or exceed our unrealistic expectations of perfection, and motherhood is no different. Just focus on being the best Mom and Nurse that you can be, and don’t be too hard on yourself.
There will be days when you feel like you are failing yourself and your children. There will be times when you feel that what you are doing, and who you are just isn’t good enough for the amazing kids you have been blessed with. But the truth is, your children will only see you for what you truly are—a loving and supportive mother. Your kids are watching and observing you, in the good times and in the not so good times, and they’re paying attention even when you may not realize it. They will see your perseverance and passion for compassion shining through in your roles as Nurse and Mother, and your relentless work ethic will serve as an amazing example! Even when the small details don’t seem to come together, focus on the big picture, and the difference you are making in so many people’s lives, including your family’s. Every mother is a force to be reckoned with, but a “Nurse Mom” is on an entirely new level of powerful and inspirational.
For this Mother’s Day, and every day, we hope that each Mom out there feels valued, respected, appreciated, and loved. We would also like to extend a special thank you to all of our exceptional employees who manage and balance the role of “Nurse” and “Mom” so seamlessly. You inspire us every single day!
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Author: Michelle Adams