Quote from snwflknurse
I would like honest feedback from those of you who are currently in L&D. I will graduate May 2006 with ADN and am open to lots of areas, but would love to do L&D.
I just was offered an internship position as a nurse tech doing postpartum checks/care for moms and babies for this summer. I'm very excited about this opportunity and think it will help me see if L&D is where I want to go.
Upon telling a friend (who is a nurse) about this, she told me her advice was not to get stuck in women's services, but to get broad experience so that when pt stats go down, I will always have a job, and so that management knows that they can pull me anywhere.
It got me thinking about both sides of things. WHat are your thoughts?
If you know L&D is what you want to do, then it doesn't sound like you will be stuck in anything. As long as women are having babies, you will always have a job. Also, your experience in L&D will be broad, as there are no two pregnancies alike, and there are always those high risk women out there whose conditions can cover a gamut of systems. Ex. diabetes, hypertension, clotting disorders, just to name a few. Not only are you dealing with the pt and her condition, you are also dealing with the effect it has on the fetus, so you have two lives to consider. IMO, L&D is just one of many facets of critical care, just a different pt population.
Most important, if the externship will make you happy, then by all means, DO IT!
Good Luck to you with your decision!