So I am a labor and delivery nurse at a hospital with something like 220 beds in the facility, and on labor we do 5 deliveries a day just to give you a background.
The pediatric unit at my hospital has been moved to the OB/labor floor due to them rarely having more than 1 patient and whatnot. Well this caused a ton of peds nurses to leave because they were having to work mom baby. And now peds has to legally move back to their own floor we've been told.
now that they lost almost all their staff, we are being forced to orientate to pediatrics (postpartum and labor nurses) for a 12 hour shift then are going to have to take full loads of peds patients when needed.
First of all, I feel this isn't safe as someone who has only worked Ob for many years. Peds is a distant memory from nursing school years ago, so after 12 hours of orientation would I be a safe practicing nurse to do this? And is it legal? To be forced to work a job that you didn't apply for or be properly trained for?
Any thoughts appreciated! I only have worked at this hospital so idk what other hospitals are like, if this is completely normal and I'm just crazy or what. Thanks