Quote from NurseDaddy2006
I want to be an L&D nurse, and I get mixed reactions from those I talk to about it. We'll see. It's been done before.
I'm not sure what further training and education one needs to become a midhusband. Once I graduate and pass the nclex, I'll look into it. One thing at a time right now.
I am currently an RN in the Neonatal ICU, and I LOVE it. I never thought in a million years I'd be working with 500 gram preemies, but here I am a relatively new grad learning this cool specialty. I don't know if you have done your L&D rotation, or even get a chance to go to NICU for a day or 2 [I spent a week of my practicum there], but my job encompasses the cool parts of critical care and L&D. The RN's on my floor attend all high risk [<35wk >40 wk, meconium, decels, c-sections, etc] deliveries, and are solely responsible for the baby[ies] once they're born. You and a resp therapist can be present for a 24 weeker delivery, resuscitate in the delivery room, transport back to NICU, put in umbilical, arterial and central lines [yes, we can do that] possibly resuscitate again....counsel distraught parents, actively manage the care of 2 critical patients, etc, and come back and do it again the next day, maybe with twins! So often the L&D nurses are sitting around waiting for mom to deliver, only to have us have to come manage the baby anyway. Yet we get an awesome critical care aspect. [we also can do air/ambulance transports] I always thought I'd be an ER/ICU nurse, but never NICU. 1 DAY in the nicu changed my mind. You can be saving a baby's life one minute, and get to hold a scrappy little baby while teaching it how to eat for the first time in months. Think about it! Maybe you can spend a day in a NICU.....it sure changed my mind!!!
SteveRN21 - May '05 grad