Being both a nurse and a mother requires a delicate balance that takes time to develop. As a nurse, you invest yourself educationally, emotionally and professionally to provide the best care for your patients. As a mom, you strive to make an impact on the footprint of your child’s life. You devote yourself to be fully present and invested in caring for your children.
Since your profession and your home life require your best, it’s important to give careful consideration to balancing each. So, how do you find that delicate balance?
If priorities are not in place, you can become beholden to whatever demands your attention moment to moment. Establishing priorities is vital to giving you clear direction in both your professional life and in your role as a mom. Even though your family is the priority, you don’t need to slight your profession. By laying out your priorities, you will free up time and energy to establish clear cut boundaries.
Oversee All Aspects of Your Child’s Well-being
What does it look like to care for your child while fulfilling your professional ambitions? How can you function optimally as a nurse without neglecting your child? Some essentials to consider:
- Choose a loving caregiver who will pour into your child’s life when you are not present.
- Schedule ample quality time with your children.
- Invest in your child’s education – read to them – let them read to you.
- When you are with your child, be in the moment. Stay fully present.
Incorporate Time Management Skills
Time management means being deliberate in the use of your time. Avoid unnecessary chaos with firm boundaries on your time and careful organization. Establishing a schedule will bring peace and order to your dual commitments of being a nurse and a mom. Here are some areas to consider:
- What shift works best for you as a mom? Luckily, nursing schedules are often very flexible.
- Establish regular bedtime and wake-up times for yourself and your children.
- Keep a wall calendar of work and home events so the family knows what to expect.
- Schedule tasks to avoid conflicts and mishaps.
- Divide and conquer. Share home and parenting duties with your partner to help lift the burden off of each other.
As a caregiver, you must make self-care a priority. When your tank runs dry, you have nothing to give. The first thing to go, for most caregivers, is self-care. Taking care of you means replenishing yourself emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
- Emotionally – Communicate openly and honestly with your partner. Make time for friends. See a counselor. Keep a journal to pour out your thoughts and gain perspective.
- Physically – Join a gym, walk, run, or find something that keeps you moving and gets the endorphins flowing.
- Mentally – Embrace times of silence and peace. Read great books. Work out your brain by learning new things that interest you.
- Spiritually – Time with God will draw you to His heart and there you will find rest. “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8.
There is a delicate balance in being a nurse and a mom, but you can do it. Be intentional, have a plan, and go change the world. Your patients will thank you, and your children will rise up and call you blessed, Proverbs 31:28.