Help. . .ER to L&D?

  1. I am a recent BSN graduate who just passed the NCLEX. I spent my last year in nursing school in the ER and have worked there for the last three months as a GN. I fell in love with the pace of emergency nursing and the fast turn around of patients. I always said that after the ER I couldn't imagine going to work on the floors. I recently took some time off, however to be with my 7 mo old baby and after staying home with my son, I have been considering going back to work as an L&D or OB nurse. The big question is will I like it and how hard of a transition will it be for me? I was wondering if anyone out there could share their experiences of going from ER/CCU nursing to LD/OB.
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  3. by   chattycathy
    Originally posted by Jhope:
    I am a recent BSN graduate who just passed the NCLEX. I spent my last year in nursing school in the ER and have worked there for the last three months as a GN. I fell in love with the pace of emergency nursing and the fast turn around of patients. I always said that after the ER I couldn't imagine going to work on the floors. I recently took some time off, however to be with my 7 mo old baby and after staying home with my son, I have been considering going back to work as an L&D or OB nurse. The big question is will I like it and how hard of a transition will it be for me? I was wondering if anyone out there could share their experiences of going from ER/CCU nursing to LD/OB.
  4. by   chattycathy
    Originally posted by chattycathy:
    i was an er to ob nurse in a large facility. I think you have the assessment skills better than most if you survive and thrive in an er environment. Also OB is feast or famine. just like ER and when it hits the fan it's very immpressive. ber sure and get a good orientation. Ob doc's are alsom some of the easiest to get along with.

  5. by   nanamac
    after 9 years in the ER, 2 of tose years as a pool flight nurse as well, I left to go to L&D. I love it! There's still chaos, & down times just like the ER. I didn't realize this until last night, but I was told, that I bring a wealth of knowledge to the unit. Some of the other nurses were nice enough to let me know this. I've been there for 8 mos. & at first there were so many times I thought, I need to go back to the ER where I know what I'm doing. I'm more comfortable now, thanks to the great group of nurses I work with who are very generous sharing THEIR wealth of knowledge with me. A good orientation is very important,and for me, everyday brings something new & different. Good luck!

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