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adpiRN, BSN, RN 10,333 Views

Joined Nov 2, '08 - from 'South Carolina'. She has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'L&D'. Posts: 395 (29% Liked) Likes: 248

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    Every other weekend and Wednesday afternoons seems to be standard in our state.
    But he has already told me he doesn't think that's enough and wanted more weeknights.
    And I'd rather not have to switch to an every other weekend work schedule unless I have to.
    So I was thinking he may prefer the schedule I came up with.

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    I just made a separate post on a similar subject!

    I'm trying to find a schedule that works for us.
    I'm part time days though.
    I'm thinking of proposing a 4 day weekend with dad every third weekend (Thurs-Mon), then a week with me, 3 overnights with dad Mon, Tues, Wed, then a week with me and repeat..

    I think clustering the shifts is probably better for the child because less back and forth.

    How old are your children?
    My son is almost 4.

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    Would love to hear from other nurses who went through a divorce to hear what schedule worked for them!

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    GM2RN likes this.

    I work part time days in the NICU and am going through a divorce and trying to figure out how to sync my work schedule with my son's time with his dad (which is still being negotiated)

    On our unit we work every third weekend and other than that do self scheduling though we have to work a Friday and Monday.

    So was thinking every 3rd weekend working Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, then having 7 days off, then working a Tuesday, Wednesday, then having another 8 days off before doing another long weekend and repeating...

    4 days in a row seems exhausting but I don't want my son to have to move back and forth all the time so clustering my shifts would be better.

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    Ok good.
    I was worried I'd be in for a shock if I ever worked in another NICU!

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    I'm on orientation at a level IV NICU. I'm loving it so far!!

    One thing I was pleasantly surprised with was how much support from we have - jobs I assumed would be the RN's role other people take care of.
    For example a PICC team changes PICC dressings, RTs are in the unit and adjust the ventilators (we can just give a little O2 boost or bring it back down as needed) We have a breast milk bank that mixes the bottles and syringes of mom's breast milk and measures out exact amount according to orders.

    Is this common?

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    jbritt likes this.

    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.

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    poppycat likes this.

    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..

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    LSFrn, JennyM#1, kate8888, and 7 others like this.

    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.

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    And as for a unit to start with try for mother/baby or newborn nursery if possible!
    But those can be tough to land for new grads (not as tough as NICU though)
    Any ICU would be good too if you could get it.
    Does that hospital not have ANY Peds or NICU?

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    If your only experience is adults you would not be hired PRN in Peds and DEFINITELY not NICU. So you should wait until your contract is up at the other hospital and you have your BSN and then apply for full time Peds positions.

    NICU would be the most competitive and the most specialized. I actually just started in the NICU and I LOVE it so far!

    NICU nurses sometimes float to PICU but not usually to general Peds.
    Most NICU nurses I've met have no interests in working with anything other than neonates. Of course you could transition if you wanted if they gave you orientation.

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    What job were you hired for?
    How much orientation did you get in OB?

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    RN-Doula likes this.

    3.25 years.

    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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    Coffee Nurse likes this.

    Quote from shermrn
    adpiRn, BSN, RN. Apparently I did misunderstand the point you were trying to make. Regardless, I offered encouragement and support as you start work in the NICU. Your only response of "Yep exactly !" shows exactly what kind of person you are. Good luck.
    Well that was a little uncalled for...

    I do appreciate the support of everyone on this board, even if I didn't respond to each individual post.
    Thanks everyone!
    First day on the floor tomorrow!