Balancing a Nursing Career with Family Life

Published: 02nd July 2007
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It doesn't matter if you are single or married, or whether or not you have children. Every person in any profession has to learn how to cope with the stresses of their job as well as balance a family and social life. For people in the medical field, this can be especially trying. People in need of medical care don't stick to a schedule. As a nurse, you aren't always able to work Monday through Friday until 5:00 pm each evening. Even nurses who work in a doctor's office are expected to work after hour shifts to help handle emergencies when they arise and to work around patients' schedules. Those who practice nursing in a hospital or nursing home can expect long weekends and tiring shifts.

While the benefits of the nursing profession are tremendous, there are countless times when a dedicated nurse has to be left wondering when they are suppose to have time to take care of themselves, much less their families. It is vital to your job performance and satisfaction, as well as the health of you and your family, that there is time to enjoy being together. With some careful planning and evaluating of your job, you can find a way to make both sides of your life come together a little more cohesively.

One of the first things you can do is take a look at your family's schedule. That includes work for you and your spouse, the kids' activities, and any other time crunching responsibilities that show up. Look for unscheduled chunks of time in your schedule to plan quiet times at home, family events, and chore time. Unfortunately housework and other chores are part of having a family and a happy home. Try to make your chores as minimal as possible so you have time to be with your family, while still having time to wash your nursing scrubs! Making the balancing act work is all about time management.

Just about every nursing job allows for some flexibility in scheduling. If your schedule simply doesn't work for you and your family, consider changing shifts. Better yet, ask a co-worker to cover for you during those times when you need a break or something comes up during your normal work hours. Make sure you are willing to return the favor when that person needs your help. It is important to remember that if you aren't happy at work or home, your family and your patients will suffer. Take the necessary steps to keep your career morale and appreciation high.

Of all the things that could possibly be ignored in the quest for work and home balance, the first thing to go is usually personal time. Personal time is time spent taking care of yourself and enjoying your favorite hobbies. It doesn't have to be a lot of time, but it is essential to your well being to carve out some time to do your favorite things. Plan to go out to lunch with a friend, schedule a round of golf or get a manicure when you are off from work and the kids are in school. It doesn't matter what the activity is as long as it is something you like to do and it leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

There are no easy answers in balancing household duties and a nursing career. With some creative planning and help from loved ones, you can have satisfaction in both aspects of your life. The nursing field is full of various jobs with different schedules. Pick the one that works best for you and your family.

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Grant Eckert is a writer for Tafford Uniforms. Tafford Uniforms is a leading provider of Nursing Uniforms | Nurse Scrubs

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