If you’re a mother, there are many reasons to consider this career in healthcare
Working in nursing has many advantages. If you want to change careers, or you’ve been a stay-at-home mom and are thinking of getting back into the workforce, or you might not realize that a job in nursing could be a good fit, given your needs but also your existing skills. Nursing can offer flexibility, and much of what it requires are qualities that moms tend to have plenty of.
Take a look at some of these factors you may not have considered about why nursing and being a mom can be compatible:
A flexible schedule
One of the best things about working in nursing is that it offers a lot of flexibility in terms of the hours you work. If you have kids in school, then you can seek out day shifts. If you have a preschool-aged child, then an afternoon-into-evening shift might work well. Want to be home to be with your children after school or in the early evenings? Then consider taking a night shift. All of these options will set you up to give your kids the time they need, while working a decent number of hours over the course of a week. You also have the option to work only part time, if that would suit your life. Some moms work only on weekends. In nursing, you decide what would work best for you and your family!
Multitasking is useful
Working in nursing means you are constantly juggling multiple priorities. You have different patients to tend do, a variety of different staff members to work with, and every day presents new challenges and situations. Mothers tend to be able to multitask well—they have to, if they want to get anything done! So take a look at your life and see how much you accomplish in the course of a day. That ability to multitask is likely to serve you well in the nursing profession.
High tolerance for messes
If you’re a mom, then you probably have a pretty high tolerance for dealing with bodily fluids and unpleasant sights and smells. This will come in handy in the nursing profession, where you will likely encounter some scenarios that other people would find overwhelming or hard to handle. Your experience as a mom probably means you are ready to roll up your sleeves and take care of it—because you’ve already seen it all!
Tuned into the needs of others
Working in nursing requires paying attention to the needs of others and responding appropriately and in a timely manner. As a mom, you are already an ace at this. It’s probably second nature to try to anticipate what your children might need minutes, hours, and days from now. Working in nursing can be similar, as you learn to keep track of the various patients in your care. Sure, you’ll have a different level of emotional involvement at work, but that can come as a relief. Your skills of observation and anticipation are what are so useful.
Teamwork is an asset
As a mom, you know that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, the same is true in nursing to care for patients. This line of work requires being part of a team that must work like a well-oiled machine. Communicating with others, getting their feedback, listening, and following through will serve you well, just as it does in coordinating the needs of your kids with the others who help you take care of them. This includes working well with people who might not do things exactly the same way you do. The important thing is you work together, and the tasks get done!
Tantrums are part of the job
When you work in nursing, you should expect that from time to time—or sometimes more often!—you will encounter patients who are difficult, angry, and upset. They or their family members may feel they can take these emotions out on you. It can be similar to dealing with a three-year-old who is having a meltdown. It’s important to stay calm, be the adult in the room, keep the person safe, and make sure their basic needs are met until they are able to settle down. Without realizing it, you may have experience in this area that could serve you well!
Hard work is the norm
Being a mother is one of the most demanding jobs there is, so they physical and emotional demands of nursing should not intimidate you. Sure, you have to be on your feet for most of your shift, but you probably have built up a lot of strength just looking after your kids over the years. You will need this strength to lift, move, or reposition your patients. But at least you won’t be expected to carry your patients around!
Expect the unexpected
If you’ve a mother, then you’ve probably had your fair share of dealing with unexpected circumstances. There probably isn’t a turn of events in your day-to-day life that is going to throw you off-kilter. This resiliency is valuable in the nursing profession, where patient demands, schedule and workplace changes, and different nurses and doctors going on and off the floor all day long are normal. You’re probably a lot more resilient than you realize.
We hope these factors have made you feel that, as a mom, nursing is a career worth considering. Look into a professional training program like the one in Practical Nursing at the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health. Within months you could be on your way to a gratifying career. Your entire family can benefit when you have a career that you love. Best of luck to all you moms out there!
This post is part of the weekly blog of the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, located in Manchester, NH. We’re dedicated to helping all our students pursue their career goals. Visit us online to learn more, or reach out to schedule a campus tour by calling (603)-622-8400.