adpiRN, BSN, RN 10,060 Views
Joined Nov 2, '08 - from 'South Carolina'.
She has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'L&D'.
Posts: 391 (29% Liked)
30 isn't even close to old.
I'm a nursing instructor and have had several students in their 30s and 40s. I was 28 when I became a nurse.
That sounds accurate for a med-surg nurse.
I did L&D where you get 1 or 2 patients. It can be frantic in its own way though.
I work in the NICU now and it's so nice to have 1-3 patients and spend time talking to the families.
In the OR you only get one patient at a time. Of course you can't really talk to them much..
Do you know if she's single?
If you can get an internship in the NICU as a new grad do it!
All the new grads hired to my NICU were student externs there.
I was lucky and got L&D as a new grad.
If I was in med-surg I may not have made it a year...
After about 2 years I was pretty sure L&D wasn't for me. Very frantic pace and stressful with not knowing what's going to walk in the door or how that baby might come out.
But I felt a bit trapped because I was on day shift.
I stuck it out for another year and glad I did just to have that on my resume.
In the end I left after I had a baby and we moved.
I stayed home for 2 years, floated between 2 PRN jobs in L&D (again confirming it's not for me) and mother/baby and teaching maternity clinical for a nursing school.
I just started a new job last week. NICU! So far I love it! I have to pinch myself because I can't believe how lucky I am to get a part-time day shift job in a great level IV NICU.
I hope it's a job I'll have for many years - if I left it would likely be to switch to PRN status, maybe transfer to another unit in the children's hospital, or start a travel nurse career.
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