What do you do if you love your job and you want to spend more time watching your children grow up? If you’re Meagan Andrews, RN, 36, you become a home care nurse.
In January 2022, Andrews began working at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Regional Heart Center–Medical as a nurse. “I truly loved it,” she says. But raising three young children as a single mom meant she needed more flexibility in her day-to-day schedule.
“When I first became a nurse, I didn’t realize what 12-hour shifts were going to mean for my family,” she says. “I have two kids who were starting elementary school. My mom was dropping them off at the bus and picking them up and she got to hear how great their day was. I wanted to be that person.”
Her dilemma came to an end when she discovered home care nursing through a friend and fellow nurse. After one year in the Regional Heart Center, Andrews joined Lehigh Valley Home Care–Allentown.
“I never thought about home care as an option,” she says. “I loved being a cardiac nurse. It just wasn’t a fit for my family right now. It’s so important to spend time with your children. Family time is fun time.”