Keeping It All Together When You're a Nurse and (Mom)
We had the chance to talk with one of our med surg nurses in Chicago on the occasion of Mother's Day. With 15 years of experience in healthcare, we asked her about the difficulties and obstacles she faced as a working mother. This is what she shared with us:
"Being a nurse and a working mother can be challenging, as it requires balancing the demands of two very important roles. Here are some challenges that I faced:
1. Time management: Juggling work and family responsibilities can be difficult, as both require time and attention. As a nurse and a working mother, I struggled to find time for everything I had to do, such as preparing meals, taking care of children, and meeting work obligations.
2. Work schedule: During long hours, night shifts, and weekend work, I had to find time to spend with my family.
3. Guilt and stress: I felt guilty for not being able to spend as much time with my children as they would like and experienced stress trying to balance work and family responsibilities.
4. Childcare: Finding reliable and affordable childcare can be a challenge and can add to the stress of balancing work and family responsibilities.
5. Lack of support: Sometimes you feel that you do not have the support you need from your facility or colleagues, which can make it even more challenging to balance work and family responsibilities."
Strategies that a nurse who is also a working mother can use to help balance these roles:
1. Flexible work schedules: Nursing offers flexible work schedules, which can be ideal for mothers who need to balance their work and family life. Many nursing jobs offer the option of part-time or full-time work, as well as various shifts, including day, night, and weekend shifts.
2. In-demand profession: Nursing is a profession that is always in demand. This means that there are typically plenty of job opportunities available, which can provide job security and stability for mothers.
3. Good earning potential: Nursing is a well-paying profession, and nurses can earn a good income while working in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, schools, and home health care.
4. Opportunities for growth and advancement: Nursing is a profession that offers many opportunities for growth and advancement. Nurses can specialize in different areas of practice, such as pediatrics, oncology, or critical care. They can also advance their careers by pursuing advanced degrees, such as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
5. Ability to make a difference: Nursing is a rewarding profession that allows individuals to make a difference in the lives of others. As a nurse, mothers can provide compassionate care to patients and their families, which can be fulfilling and meaningful.
So, if you're a mom looking to be in a rewarding line of work and would love to incorporate motherhood into your career plans, nursing whether it is a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed vocational nurse (LVN) or travel nurse is a good choice. A perfect choice even!
We have opportunities for working moms on our platform that offer freedom and flexibility to choose when they work. Click on the links below and apply for the top nurse jobs on DirectShifts platform:
- Float Pool for Registered Nurse (All Specialties) | Travel & Hospital | Chicago
- Psych Registered Nurse | Behavioral Health | Chicago | IL
- Flexible Remote Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner â€” PMHNP
- Registered Nurse (All Specialties) | RN Travel & Hospital | New York
- Exciting opportunity | PMHNP | Hybrid | California