I was in L&D for 12 years at a charity hospital. I loved it!!!
But there finally came a day when I realised that I was having a very hard time keeping up the pace. It was also time to seriously consider that my retirement years are not that far away and retirement income is based on your base pay at our facilty.
After much thought I accepted an administrative position. There was no way to increase my pay scale in L&D. No posibility to advance to a higher position in L&D. Do I miss it--Very, very much. I do still fill in when they are short-handed and that does help.
If you work in an L&D with a high risk area you will be using all your med/surg and ER skills. Those pregnant ladies have everything the average patient has-- they are just pregnant in addition to that.
If you go into L&D you will either love it and stay forever (almost) or you will hate it and leave before much time has past at all.
I say go for it and see how it works out.
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