Reviving the health of ailing people can take a great many forms, and a number of these forms follow 12-hour shifts three or four days a week.
A three-day-on, four-day-off schedule can provide a lot of solid time for a power mom to spend with her family. What's more, there are plenty of careers to choose from. In 2008, 10 of the 20 fastest growing fields in the U.S. were in health care, with 14.3 million jobs already in existence and another 3.2 million expected to be created by 2018.
These range widely, by facility and level of expertise and education. On the end of the spectrum, with the highest pay and educational requirements are, of course, physicians. Power moms can also enter the field as nurses, lab technicians or by any other route. A number of the top hospitals in the country, like the Mayo Clinic, will pay for a nursing or medical school education for its employees outright, and most hospitals contribute something toward tuition as well.
Be forewarned, however: 12-hour shifts can be grueling. One 2004 study of Taiwanese electronics workers on these shifts found higher than average incidences of addiction, depression and paranoia.