I am a RN, and have been working since 1997. I started doing shift work right at the beginning, mornings, arvo and night shifts, all days of the week, and I loved the shift work.
When I had kids, it got a little difficult. It's great that I can work weekends so that DP or other family can mind the kids, but because of childcare, I can only work certain days and morning shifts through the week... and because morning shifts start at 7, it takes a little organising the kids, because childcare doesn't start until 7. But you can always work around this. It pays to find a great employer, who will give you the shifts you need... ATM mine insists I do night shifts, but otherwise, is fairly accomodating so I can't complain too much.
I really like the job. At the moment, Im in the NICU...I have also worked as an educator for trainee EN's and in Oncology for 8 or so years, on the ward and day clinic. All areas have their pros and cons, but overall I think it's a really rewarding profession, except financially to start with, its not so good....and as with most jobs, I don't think nurses get paid enough for the work they do.
I am not certain the way qualifications go now days, but I think you still need to be an RN before being able to become a midwife. Seems to me doing 3 yrs part time to become an EEN is a bit useless, when you could do a little longer and become an RN straight off. Unless you were aiming for that way because you get paid during your EN training, in that case it's a great way to go.
If there is anything I haven't answered, let me know, I am happy to tell you more. You can pm me if you like too.
3 girls are enough...the shop is now shut!