Nurses and midwives... On average how many weekends do you work a month?

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Wishing to go into the profession but concerned about having a good work / life balance with a young family.
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Unless you go into practice nursing or specialist nurse role, you're highly unlikely to get the "normal" family life with evenings and weekends off.

I do whatever weekends and nights come my way on the rota that month. This could be anything from no weekends to every weekend, and 4 weeks of nights to 4 weeks of days (yes that does mean nights at a weekend too). I'm only there 3 days a week though.
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I work with two assistant practitioners in speech and language therapy who were nurses in a former life who took a massive pay cut (band 6 and 7 to band 4) in order to get a better work life balance and work a 9-5. It is a known problem in the profession. Certain job roles are less intensive. Research nurses, for instance, can work a 9-5 as do practice and distric nurses but you still have to go through band 5 doing general nursing to get to that position and you may need additional qualifications first.
I chose the allied health professions over midwifery due to the problem of work life balance. However, I do sometimes look at nurses who do 3 7-7s and I realise that they have the benefit of working only 3 days a week where I have to do 5. So there’s pros and cons for each. Although I never have to work Christmas Day and nurses will do at some point in life.
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district nurse we have to work on calls and weekends in general its 9-5 in reality it longer. your done when your patients are sorted.
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Wishing to go into the profession but concerned about having a good work / life balance with a young family.
Its one of these jobs that requires 24/7 care from nurses.

Your monthly rota can vary from month to month as you may not do weekends or nightshifts but again can be a mixture of all shifts patterns.

Only way you can get a half normal life in nursing would be either doing likes of out patients departments clinics which works generally Monday to Fridays from about 8am till 6pm with a day off during week plus weekends, or similar working in a GP practice.
Community nursing is similar to hospital wards as you rotated on shifts.

I work 3 x 12.5 hours shifts out of 7 days but they are variable shifts.
I think I did one month with nearly all weekends & nightshifts but then following few months I did days only during the week so it do vary every month like.
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