Some nurses work shifts of long days, nights, and days off - and other nurses work 9am-5pm, five days a week. I didn't realise this when I started my course - I just assumed it was all shift work. I've done three placements of shift work since September, and am now on a 9-5 placement. I wondered if a 9-5 job would fit in better with family life, but I'm not sure that it does. I miss having days off during the week where I could catch up on cooking, have the children's friends round for tea, arrange for parcels to be delivered, and go for a mid-morning run. On the other hand, with more regular hours I can take Olivia to school every day, and I don't miss out on any weekend family fun.
I'm not sure what conclusions I can draw from this - other than that I am tired, primary schools demand too much of working parents (a last minute after-school play rehearsal can send finely tuned childcare arrangements into freefall, and do you really need to have parents' evening, a school fete, sports day, two school trips plus endless bloody play rehearsals all within one week?) - oh, and I have about four parcels to pick up from the sorting office.
But also...I love what I do. And I know that the children are always pleased to see me when I get in - whatever time that may be. The full, occasionally chaotic, busy life that we have as a family is a good thing, and there is really nothing new or earth shattering about it.
And amazingly there is still time to bake bread - and life is good if you can smell fresh bread occasionally.
|Bread baked this evening, after work|