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Anybody else dated a nurse?

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The hours don't really improve a whole lot, it's usually 10-12 hour shifts with an option of working night shifts or weekend shifts. The weekend shifts and late night shifts usually give out a nice bonus of like 500-1000 a week for just working those shifts though. Just really depends on the hospital your working at.  These are RN hours of course, but the time off "3 days a week usually" Plus the bonus money makes it worth it. lol    If she's planning on becoming an RN, I'd advise her to work at a smaller hospital that needs weekend shifts worked to pick up the bonus so she can quite the other job. 

I don't think she's all that far from getting her RN, but I don't really know.

 

 

My wife is a nurse and has worked in a variety of situations over her career - currently she's the director of her GI clinic and is enjoying the switch.  From what I've seen, hospitals are the major employer of nurses (duh) and the most commonly open shifts are overnights, and some hospitals require at least a year of overnights at their facility before anyone is even eligible to move to days.  The 12-hour schedules are a double-edge sword since the days/nights are long but the scheduling sometimes works out so that the nurse gets 7 consecutive days or more off from work. 

 

Within a hospital, the PACU, day-surgery, and GI units will carry clinic hours and usually have some call associated with them.  She can also look into contract nursing through an agency, which often pays better and offers scheduling flexibility but carries the same risk that being a contractor in any industry does.  There are also likely a lot of private GI/dialysis/etc. clinics in the area, so with a little bit of experience those will be viable options as well.

 

Good advice.  Thanks.

 

 

my wife is a nurse. she quit working at a small hospital as an RN and moved to a company that does clinical trials for prescription drugs. twice the pay, better hours, better benefits. she's starting on a nurse practicioner degree next fall that'll land her either a masters or a phd depending on how the state decides to certify it, which will land her six figs.

 

i'm not sure where you guys are located but if she can manage to find something other than a hospital she'll be doing well.

 

I've heard similar suggestions from other sources.  Thanks.

 

 

 

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If she likes the interaction, she would probably like home health. You typically have the same patients for a while, so you form more personal relationships with them. 

 

Second job right now is actually hospice care.  I think it's tough on her sometimes.

 

 

To add to what LIAG and Philly B said:

I was married to a nurse for many years. I've worked in hospitals as well. Once she is an RN she can, for the most part, gravitate toward whatever type of hours she likes, depending on whether she is willing to change jobs, interviews well, and sacrifice some of the salary from off-shift differential.

CRNA is a masters degree so it would require lots more school especially if she is getting a associates degree RN. Phlebotomists are not nurses, just techs, and they are underpaid. (encourage her to get her RN.)

My ex started in a nursing home (only job she could get immediately after graduation), did hospital nursing in several different areas (med/surg, OR  etc.), did research nursing for pharmaceutical co., taught health occupations in high-schools. It's wide open and you can take it as far as you want.

 

Good stuff.  Thanks.

 

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I'm an RN and would add that if she's a hospital nurse, she'll do her own blood draws instead of a phlebotomist doing it.  Lots of cross training in a hospital.  Even some CNA II's are trained to do that.  And hours will get better once she gets some experience under her belt and she can choose her shift.  But it depends on what her definition of a good shift - I preferred 3rd shift when I worked because there weren't as many outsiders there to bother me, and I slept while kids were in school.  I did 3 12 hour shifts and that's what I wanted.  Then later I became PRN which means "as needed", but they always needed me so I worked whenever I felt like it.

 

 

(and Hi Mr Scot)

 

Right now I'd be happy if she had only one shift to worry about :lol:

 

Her two teenage kids are both away for the summer.  Expect things to get a bit more hectic when they come back.

 

 

Happy for you Mr. Scot.

 

Total hours will get better.  As many have said here...most nursing hospital jobs are 3 day 12 hr shifts.  The clinic jobs are the traditional 8-5, no weekends, but usually do not pay as much. My sister has one of the latter, at a St Jude's out patient clinic.

 

So, to answer your question....total hours will be better if she does not feel the need to take on extra to make ends meet.

 

She does sound amazing...best wishes.   :)

 

 

Well, if things go well, the time may come when she's not be the only one making money in her family :)

 

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And for anyone wondering, this is her...
 

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Did u get her permission to post her photos?

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Pretty much everything covered...

 

Hospital hours will always be like that.

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Did u get her permission to post her photos?

Oh, absolutely. Would never have done it without.

But to be clear, the only other place these pictures can be found right now is on my phone. They were sent as picture messages. She considers it a good way to flirt (and I agree) :)

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How would you know?

 

Let me guess you watch a lot of porn of women dressed up as nurses and think it happens in real life.

 

#PornLife

 

because after you have dated a few you'll know what he's talking about...  

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I've never dated a nurse, but I know one quite well.  As far as I know, these kinds of hours are par for the course.

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