Have any of you experienced L&D burnout? I know that most nurses that go into L&D have always wanted to be L&D nurses. For me it was the same--actually a goal I pursued several years. I was a childbirth educator, went to lay midwifery classes, finally nursing school
and practically drove my family crazy with my enthusiasm about birth. Then, I actually got to be an L&D nurse and loved it until the work environment became too stressful and I left. Now, that I have relaxed a bit, I find that I don't want to go back to any kind of nursing. Has this happened to anyone? I can't believe that I feel this way when compared to how excited and enthusiastic I used to be. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
Jul 1, '04
I am a burned out L&D nurse. I have tried several times to get back into it hoping I would enjoy it. I do and I don't. I am 46 years old and started out in L&D immediately out of school. Sat for the certification test after working 2 years. Let it lapse when I got out of nursing for 5 years. I have been back to nursing for over a year now. I tried L&D on a travel position and it turned out to be a nightmare. I think I realized that I finally have decided that I can't handle the stress of L&D especially when we are short staffed!
I am perfectly content working PP and GYN. And, I think I have found my calling. I am planning on pursuing my BSN in Lactation this Fall. I used to teach childbirth classes at a hospital but it was too much with doing L&D also.
In the last year I have learned that I really enjoy teaching breastfeeding. The new moms seem to enjoy learning from an older nurse. They tell me that SOME of the younger nurses seem to get frustrated with helping them.
My supervisor encouraged me to apply for a position she was creating for a RN Lactation Specialist. I worked very hard to get the position. I lost to someone who is working nights and is going to school on nights. Two managers made the decision and I was very upset. I have more experience, but I am looking forward to getting my BSN and proving myself.
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