I can't work OB... I can't do a full-time orientation for several months, I never worked OB. It is a psych unit for chronic patients with chronic medical issues that I will be working on. I have experience in psych and med/surg so I won't need an intensive orientation. It does get busy there (like everywhere!) but it is not like life and death kind of busy like in the ER, ICU, med/surg, etc... I know a lot about the unit. Basically, it is a sure thing about being hired. I don't want to go into details, but I just have to hand in the application and get the ball rolling.
I can pump discretely. I have used the rubber band trick, and the sports bra method (holes cut in it, wear breast pads so nipples don't poke through, and slide the horns through) so I can pump hand free to eat/chart. I have never exposed myself at my prior job. I leave the pump itself in the bag, nothing but the tubing is exposed. No skin shows. Therefore, I have no problem with ANYONE walking in on me, since there is not even a second when anything is exposed. Some have walked in on me at my prior job, and several didn't notice. Only one person noticed, and that was only b/c there was a pause in the conversation and she heard the familiar sound of the pump running.
If not for the sound of the pump, I don't think anyone would really have any idea IF I was sitting behind a table, etc. I plan on taking two set ups, so I don't have to waste any time at all washing parts after wards. It can all be washed when I get home.
Basically, I have all of the mechanical issues worked out to be hand free and discrete. *I* do not require 100% privacy since I won't be exposed at all. I prefer males not be seated next to me, eh, it really wouldn't bother me all that much. From what was told from my inside source (
that just sounds so funny) the only place I would realistically pump would be the med room. I am fine with that. However, it is an obvious thing that others may have to get in there in that 15 minute time frame. *I* am fine with that. There is no break room, so that is out. Like I said, I have no issue with going out to my car if necessary, I have an adapter to plug into the cig. lighter.
My biggest issue is getting two breaks, lasting 15 minutes each, during my shift. I haven't ever been one to demand breaks, since I don't mind eating while I chart, actually prefer not to take breaks b/c they make me lose my train of thought, they make me fall behind, etc. But this is a medical requirement for me and my ds. He can not have dairy or soy products. I can not go longer than 4 hours without emptying before I get a plugged duct. Abscesses are not fun at all. I have been through it twice, and I would really rather not go there again.