I am a new nurse, with a year and a half of ER experience (almost a year off orientation completely). I am considering a specialty change- not because I don't love ER because I do- but because I am frustrated with *MY* ER. Too many reasons to list. I have a contract to stay in my hospital for several years after orientation, but they will let me switch units. The only other unit I would consider is L&D. I like the acuity, the population, and the idea of mixing adult and Peds nursing like I do now.
Do you guys think having ER experience will be helpful in transitioning to this specialty? I had a few years of doula experience prior to nursing school so I already know I enjoy working with the population and know a good amount about the physiology and emotional experiences of childbirth. My ER is a trauma, stroke, and heart center so critical care is not new to me, though I am still a new nurse and learning a LOT every day. The only thing I have no experience in is OR. I am really worried about that part.
I rotate between the adult and Peds ER and have ACLS and PALS. In what way do you think my skill set will be useful in OB? Any advice before I apply?