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Being a mom might be one of the hardest jobs on the planet. When you combine that with being a nurse and caring for other people all day long, you might think that you could not make those two jobs work together. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. While challenging, it is possible to balance being a nurse and motherhood. Walking that line may even make you a better person all around.
Start by talking to seasoned mothers who are working on your hospital unit. While you may be desperate to know how anyone can survive the situation, you’re likely going to find some of the best tips and tricks from people who have walked this journey before you. Mothers who have been there before are not afraid to give you advice and understand exactly what you’re going through. Don’t be afraid to ask!
It’s also time to stop feeling guilty since you don’t have to choose between motherhood and a career outside your home. Both are impactful to the people you care for, including your patients and your children. You have the opportunity to help others while modeling responsible, positive behavior for your children. Your daughters learn from their mother they can provide financially for their family, and your sons and daughters learn how to have compassion for others.
One of the greatest perks is flexibility, since working in an industry that is open seven days a week 365 days each year offers you the opportunity to fit your schedule into your work schedule. Many units are open to four-hour break relief shifts, allowing you to help your family financially while not being gone from home for too long.
You may have the benefit of working 12-hour shifts, which means you have a full-time job and work just three days a week. You then have four uninterrupted days at home with your children. As an added bonus, you have time to run errands during non-busy hours. When the stores are less crowded, and the roads are easy to navigate, taking your children on errands becomes even easier.
Another way in which nursing is flexible is the ability to work part-time or per diem. This offers greater freedom in varying work environments with a little higher pay. As a per-diem nurse, you can set your hours and your terms. For instance, you may only want to work on the weekends when your spouse is home or maybe you like to work on Tuesday evenings. Whatever your schedule, there’s likely a hospital in your city that needs you.
No matter what position you hold in the medical field, you’ll find everything goes a little bit easier when you stay on top of your schedule, and you stay organized. This means keeping a calendar of your children’s activities, school events, meal preparation, and family obligations. All of this can be integrated with your work schedule when you know what’s expected ahead of time.
Another tip that seasoned moms will give you is to take it season by season and day by day. What may work for you today with a six-month-old may not work with a toddler. But, there are so many options that if your current schedule and life are not fulfilling, something is bound to change in the next six months. Remember to keep your work life and your home life separate from each other, so you’re not sacrificing one for the other. If you’re ready to explore your options, contact the professional recruiter at Capital Healthcare Solutions today. We’re always happy to answer your questions!