ER nurse interested in mother/baby

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    Hello all!

    I started out in a busy ER almost a year ago as a new grad. I have thrived and have been told by managers and coworkers that I am doing a great job. They have even moved me to the trauma rooms. However, to be honest... I am not happy. My coworkers are amazing and I do like the ER ( fast turnover with patients, exciting)... but I am stressed all the time. Its hard to explain but I just know I can't stay in the ER forever . I have a 2 year contract with my department and I plan on honoring it.... & I know another year experience will help with future opportunities.

    I'm very interested in mother/baby. As a tech in nursing school I would float to this unit and was always happy and excited when I was working there. Do you know of any ER nurses that have made the switch? I would appreciate any input
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    I started in the ICU as a new grad and then went to the ER. I lasted only a month in the ER because I was always stressed. I loved the fast turnover, my co-workers, and etc. but I knew in my heart that I wasn't an ER nurse. Thankfully, I didn't have a contract I left. I got hired into mother baby shortly after that and I'm so excited to start! I say complete your contract and start looking when it is nearing the end. Perhaps you can go to the MB dept. at your hospital. Start mentioning this to the nurse manager for mother baby. Wish you well.
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    Just a thought...if you love the excitement of the ER, have you considered doing labor and delivery instead of mother-baby? When I was in nursing school, I loved my MB rotation. Sunshine and happiness and beautiful newborns. Now don't get me wrong, I still very much enjoy MB. But it can get kinda tedious and repetitive at times.
    prnqday and kirsnikity like this.
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    Thanks for input ladies I guess I didn't have a good clinical in L&D during school. Only there one day... so maybe I will shadow there too. Congrats on the MB job crazy&cuteRN... Very exciting. Keep us posted on how you like it!
    prnqday likes this.
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    Mother baby is very laid back and not As exciting as L&D. Most of the moms are well and the babies. Not much action so to say. Repetitive. If you like the action I suggest L&D as the other person said before. It's more fast paced. More variety. More critical patients. Higher acuity. You have to be acls and nrp certified. On mother baby you don't need acls. Possibly just nrp in case something happens to the baby. But I think your better fit would be L&D with ur ER experience. Good luck.
    loveandnyc likes this.
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    I used to work in telemetry, then switched to mother/baby. It's a much happier unit with way less stress! If you're trying to decide between L&D and mother/baby... L&D has fewer more critical patients... mother/baby has much more patients, but they are less critical for sure. So it just depend what you are wanting. If you really like caring for babies, then mother/baby would be the way to go, because you won't get much of that over in L&D. There's a lot of Breastfeeding help as well. Good luck!
    loveandnyc likes this.


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