I'm a RN in LTC. I work on a skilled hall. I just started this position last month after returning from maternity leave. I worked on a med-surg unit before I had my daughter, but since I'd only been there a few months, I didn't qualify for FMLA and they didn't hold my position. Being that my husband and I just purchased a new house and had a new baby (a day apart, incidentally), I accepted the first job offer I received. I love the facility, but I'm having an issue with the hours. I was under the impression that I would be working 3 12-hour shifts per week. I was incorrect. I am scheduled 60 hours this week. And as nurses, we all know that a 12 hour shift is never just a 12 hour shift, especially since there is never a nurse to relieve me and I usually have to stay over until they can find someone to come in (I work 7a-7:30p). I have two young children (4 year and 3 months). I really don't like working 5 12-hour shifts a week. It's too much. They are being raised by the babysitter (my husband works 40 hours a week and attends college in the evenings). Also, I'm breastfeeding and am unable to pump more than once during my 12-hour shift. I'm not able to pump enough to sustain my baby and she won't take formula. That's an issue in itself. I don't know what to do. I'd much rather go back to working 3 12's (like I was in the hospital), but I don't want to be labeled a "job hopper" if I switch jobs again. Can anyone offer any words of encouragement or advice? Also, I can't ask to work fewer hours. They don't offer part-time positions. Everyone works the same amount of hours. Thanks.