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i've been considering this (and other career changes) for a long time now and i've decided to come to the source...how much time do you really get with your family? i'm scared of the 12's since i realize that means i would be away for large chunks of time when my dd and future children are little and need me around. and i love bfing, is it possible to go through nursing school while bfing and not go insane?
 

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Oh, totally Mama. My DS is still going strong at 2.5 yrs old BFing, I started nursing school when he was a newborn (just graduated). One of my classmates successfully breastfed twins while in nursing school (yeah, she totally rawks).<br><br>
As far as 12s are concerned - don't fear them, embrace them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> 12s allow nurses to have a more enhanced continuity of care for pts (as in, the pt doesn't have to switch nurses as often). Also, 12s, IMO, are better, particularly if you work on a unit that has a three 12s per week per nurse modus operandi, eh? That's a 36 hour work week. Also, you can set-up a schedule so that you work the three 12s right in a row, so you'd have 4 days in a row to just be with the fam. That's my objective, though it's likely a little ways off since I just graduated and I'll have a crappy schedule for a while (gotta pay the dues!).<br><br>
That said, you don't <i>always</i> have to work 12s, some do a combo of 12s and 8s or what-have-you. You don't have to work in a hospital setting, either, though IME you usually need the requisite 2 years of med-surg experience before you can land a sweet job with the Health Dept or a Hospice or whatever. You'd be amazed at the diversity of positions available.
 
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