6 Great Nursing Career Paths for Moms

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Nursing is one of the best career options for moms. You can choose the hours you work, and whether you want to work weekends, nights or standard business hours. You can be paid well for part-time nursing work and earn a premium for overtime or on an as-needed basis. 

You also can find a job virtually anywhere, and you can choose where you want to work. That means you could work at the local nursing home as well as the hospital. However, you can also choose career paths within nursing based on your interests and needs. Here are six great nursing career paths for moms.

Pediatric Nursing

If you’re already working as a nurse, going into pediatrics would be a natural transition as a mom. If you have realized that you have a way with kids, and are good at getting them to open up and communicate, then you’re tailor-made for the job.

And if you’re worried about juggling your work duties and getting your degree, know that there are plenty of bridge programs that could allow you to get your DNP faster. For example, you could go for one of these online BSN to DNP pediatric programs and skip the masters entirely. These programs are invaluable if you’re already working while raising children because it eliminates the need to drive to campus to attend class at a set time. You’ll also have the option of stretching out your studies if you want to make things easier.

Ambulatory Nursing

Ambulatory nursing has you working in an out-patient setting. This means you’re working day-shifts, and you typically aren’t asked to work on weekends or holidays. A number of organizations hire ambulatory nurses, including:

  • Doctor’s offices
  • Community health clinics
  • Home healthcare services
  • Schools
  • Large factories
  • Per-diem nursing through nursing placement services

Home healthcare nurses typically work from 9 am to 3 pm, though they can work evenings and weekends. This makes the job perfect for moms with kids in school. In the role, you’re asked to check patients’ vital signs, and you may run an IV or give medication. 

School nurses by definition work during school hours. They provide first aid as required. They’ll evaluate sick kids and give medications. A side benefit of this role is that it is much more relaxed than the atmosphere in hospitals or nursing homes. Then there’s the fact you’ll get school holidays and the entire summer off with your kids.

Per-diem nursing goes one step further. You tell the nurse staffing service the days and hours you’re available, and they call you when they have a job that fits your schedule and needs. This gives you incredible flexibility, and you’ll earn a high pay rate per hour. It also means you could work evenings and holidays when you’re available.

Factory nurses are nurses hired by large manufacturers to provide medical care as required. You’ll manage a healthcare clinic in the facility. You’ll handle medical needs ranging from sick employees to industrial accidents. You may have to track employee health records and working conditions. Employers ask nurses in these clinics to provide advice on weight management and smoking cessation to reduce healthcare costs. Most of these jobs are during day shift hours. You’ll have a lot of autonomy and will probably receive benefits.

Legal Nurse Consulting

Legal nurse consulting is a combination of nursing and legal consulting. Upsides of this job include being able to work from home and set your own schedule. Note that you may need special training for this career. It helps to become a paralegal, but it isn’t necessary, though understanding legal terminology is essential.

What do legal nurse consultants do?

  • Review medical records in personal injury cases
  • Provide advice on a patient’s treatment
  • Review medical bills for insurance fraud/billing errors
  • Assess the severity of someone’s injury for worker’s compensation
  • Give expert advice in medical malpractice cases

Legal nurse consultants may work for law firms, insurance companies, the Human Resources department of a large company, or a government agency.

Acute Care Nursing

Acute care nursing is one of the traditional nursing jobs. You’re working in a hospital or other acute care setting. Most moms choose to work day shifts, but some mothers find that working the night shift is the perfect solution to parenting and working. You could work a night shift while your spouse watches the children during the evening or during the day. 

A few hospitals have set up “parent shifts” so that you don’t work for more than six hours in a day. Then you work a shift while the kids are at school or arrive home in time to get the kids ready for school. You can sleep while they’re at school or go to bed early in the evening when they do before heading off to work.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales

Pharmaceutical and medical device sales are a good choice for nurse moms. You may have to travel, but you typically only do so within a given town or region. Because you’re an independent contractor, you can set your own schedule. 

Your income is based on your success selling product, not the hours worked, so there is no limit to what you could earn. And if you need to take your own child to the doctor or attend a school event, you can prioritize that and visit prospects later. As a nurse, your medical expertise prepares you for this job, and it gives you extra credibility with the doctors and pharmacists you’re talking to.

At-Home Nursing

At-home nursing is another term for remote nursing. This is a rather new role, though it is a variation of nurse phone lines that patients can call for medical advice rather than rushing to the doctor’s office. Telenursing or remote nursing allows you to connect with patients via cell phones, apps, and computer screens. You could provide medical advice to patients or work as a patient educator. The job obviously allows you to work from home, and you can probably set your own hours.

Nursing is one of the few jobs that pay well while giving moms almost unlimited flexibility in when, where, and how they work. Understand the various career paths open to you so that you find the right one.

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