Shift work. It’s not for everyone. However (and I hate to brag…) shift workers pretty much make the world go around. We work days, nights, evenings, split shifts, short shifts, long shifts and everything in between, every single day of the year. As I have said before, shift workers only ask for a bit of understanding and tolerance if we are confused, tired, unavailable for social events, wondering aloud what day it might be or jamming chocolate into our faces at 2 am.
Ever done shift work? I have. In fact, most of my adult life has involved a roster that covers days, nights and weekends.
7 days a week, 365 days a year, people are working. Crazy, right?
I often write about nursing- nursing in public, nurse-ins, nursing education and support… This post is about the other kind of nursing- nursing as a profession- and the unique set of challenges faced by mothers in this profession. This profession is arguably the backbone of our healthcare system; from hospitals to clinics to aged care and more. While we certainly have male nurses it is still a female dominated field and where there are women there are invariably going to be babies and children.
Is it possible to be a mother and a nurse? Yes…but not without often significant disadvantages.