Is nursing a good career for someone who has
Overall, I think so.
But when in doubt, I love a good pros and
cons list, so let's get one going.
The pros. This schedule can be incredibly
flexible depending on the type of unit
and shift work that your job is offering.
So this means that you can go to school
plays and doctor's appointments and muffins
with mommy and all of that.
And also, it is a very stable job, so you
don't really have to worry about losing your
job and providing for your family.
If you work day shift, you could be off at
3.30 and home when your
kids and your partner are at home, and you
have a great excuse to not be home for
some family events that you don't want to
attend because you work
weekends. Just kidding.
Not really. It's a great excuse and a last
perk is there is over time.
Now, I'm not a huge fan honestly of picking
up overtime because I think it can lead
to a lot of burnout.
But what if you just really need some extra
money for something or your
family needs something, your car breaks.
You can make really good money in a pinch by
picking up overtime, which is
an awesome perk of the job.
Family or not, just try not to make it a
habit because your downtime is going
to be so incredibly important for
maintaining your mental health.
And if you work a lot of overtime, then
that's really digging into that.
The cons, you may have to work some holidays
and weekends and if you
adore your family and never want to have to
hide from them, then this could
potentially be problematic.
You may also kind of get stuck at work when
you are there.
It can be really tricky to leave because
there's not anyone to come and take care of
your patients for you.
So if you have kids, and they get sick at
daycare, and they need to be picked up early
for whatever reason, it often can fall on
your partner if
you can't be the one to go and get them
because their job is usually more flexible
and most health care places don't have sick
So if someone you get sick or someone in
your family gets sick, you are taking
PTO days or days like your paid days off.
And I found that with my own children, I ran
out of PTO days because they were sick so
often. And then my husband had to take all
these days off because I
couldn't get out of work.
But I worked 12 so when I was home, more
If she got sick on a day that I was home,
then it would sort itself out.
But anyway, it's just, it can kind of be a
And another situation where a pros and cons
list going over this with the people you live
with is going to be helpful.
Additionally, having child care that is
somewhat flexible if you have kids is a
must. Sometimes you get out of work late.
Well, what if you get mandated?
Having child care that is available to watch
them for those extended hours is
huge for the days when things just don't go