Hello everyone...I've been reading the boards for awhile and feel like I "know" some of you! So, I guess I'm looking for some support. I quit my nursing position on L&D unit recently due to several problems, but mostly being scared to death that something was going to happen and I would have no back up (not to mention that nights are wearing me out--guess I'm just wired for days)
. Do any of you feel absolutely scared to death at times on your unit? Being charge nurse at night with no in house anesthesia, no in house ob md's (most of them 30 min away), and pretty new staff with ever increasing turnover finally just wore me down. It seems like the new people are off orientation way before they need to be. Gosh, I've only been there since 2001, been doing charge almost 1 year. We've been staffed so low on nights and some of our nurse's on call live 1- 1 1/2 hours away and you all know that things can go from ok to terrible pretty fast in L&D. (Not much support from house supervisor either--sometimes pages not returned, etc). Anyway, are the conditions that I have described above pretty common in all L&D units? Should I have just dealt with it? My biggest fear is that something would happen to a mom or baby that I should have prevented. I would have liked to be a staff nurse again but getting assigned charge practically every shift was a necessity due to turnover. I really missed getting to have actual labor patients! So, now I am wondering if I need to explore some other area of nursing (even though I went to nursing school with the sole intention of becoming an L&D nurse--I actually thought I would like to be a cnm at one time). Thanks in advance for any suggestions.