Childcare as a nurse

  1. I am curious as a new mommy about how single nurses handle their child care issues when most hospitals require 12 hour shifts? I have a baby and find that most child care centers don't stay open past 6pm, so what do you do??? I have a husband and he is deployed right now (USMC) for another year, I am a new grad RN and would like to start work, but I am not sure how to swing this alone. Any ideas?? any help very much appreciated
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  3. by   memphispanda
    Well, I would start out by looking for a job that has 8 or 10 hour shifts! If that doesn't work, maybe you could find a friend/family member/neighbor who would be willing to keep your baby. There are also a lot of home daycares that have longer hours.
  4. by   emily_mom
    Do you have any family nearby? That has been a god-send for me. Even though my MIL and SIL are Satan's spawn, they are good to her and help me out in jams.
  5. by   kcsunshyn8
    What about a job that offers daycare there??? Don't some hospitals have that????
  6. by   Rilee'smom
    no family nearby, I checked some local hospitals that offer day care, but same old story, a waiting list for over a year for infants and toddlers under two. I have considered hiring a nanny, but it is expensive, I was just wondering what other nurses do in this situation. thanks for any creative ideas.
  7. by   Lausana
    I've found that in home childcare is the most flexible (I mean in someone's home) rather than a day care center. We have a referral service here, a lot of time elementary schools have contact list of people in the neighborhood, etc.

    Mine is flexible that she'll take the kids early and I know kept them later if one of the parents is in a jam. In return I always am there when I need to be and little extras like donate cereal.

    Unfortunately, family isn't an option for everyday for us, but the sitter works out great!

    http://www.rrnetwork.org/calchildcar...cle.php?ID=844 Here's a link that looks like it might be useful for California

    Best of luck! :kiss
  8. by   cindyln
    Have you checked in the military child care center on post? Ours has extended hours.
  9. by   Rilee'smom
    Yes, I am on the list for childcare , but they close at 6pm also. I guess I need to find someone to pick up my daughter, or find a day care at someone's home that is willing to be flexible.
  10. by   Rustyhammer
    Originally posted by kcsunshyn8
    What about a job that offers daycare there??? Don't some hospitals have that????
    bwahahaha....Thats a good one!
    When my kids were little I worked the night shift - 12's - so I could be home during the day with them. When they napped, I napped.
    Now that they are bigger and all in school I can work days again.
    -Russell

    -Job that offers daycare....hehehehe
  11. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I am a single mom of a 6 year old. My family isn't close enough to help out. I just about freaked when I got a job and moved here about a year ago, because it was 12 nights, and I couldn't find a daycare! Luckly I got a tip from someone about my current sitter. She has a "home daycare" and watches kids overnight. Days in summer or weekends, I just tough it out with him at home while I nap and he watches movies. It's not the best situation. I hate it that he has to sleep away from home.
  12. by   Mattigan
    The hospital I work at has a day care. It is across the street. Only catch- it is not open weekends and closes at 1800.... so if you work in the Business Office or Medical Records... no worries. I have proposed a day care for nurse schedules and have written a propositon of a sick- bay for employees children who are sick to be based on Peds (less call-ins) but all I got was a funny look. We have new leadership so will try again...
  13. by   kcsunshyn8
    Rustyhammer wrote:
    "-Job that offers daycare....hehehehe"

    and now Mattigan wrote:
    "The hospital I work at has a day care."

    See? I may be young but I'm no fool. I have heard of a number of hospitals that have daycares.....yes maybe not to fit nursing schedules but they are there. Thanks!
    ~Kerry~
  14. by   Furball
    Originally posted by kcsunshyn8
    Rustyhammer wrote:
    "-Job that offers daycare....hehehehe"

    and now Mattigan wrote:
    "The hospital I work at has a day care."

    See? I may be young but I'm no fool. I have heard of a number of hospitals that have daycares.....yes maybe not to fit nursing schedules but they are there. Thanks!
    ~Kerry~
    That's like buying a pair of shoes for your hubby and saying "yes, they are 3 sizes too small but they are still shoes so stop complaining" :stone

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