Quote from CP1983
I wasn't trying to offend anyone in L&D, actually. But just from both of experiences as a student nurse and as a mom giving birth (and I was hoping to actually work in L&D, maybe in the future), I do agree that nurses have to deal continuous monitoring of the mother and her baby but I don't seem them doing too much but popping in to check on the patient but otherwise, they can look at the monitoring screens at the nursing station. I see most of them sitting down but I know if the mother is ready to have her baby, they will be there. But I really feel it's not that fast paced until it gets to the final stage of childbirth and yes, you are right, if anything goes bad, it can go bad really fast. But this is just from my observation and experience. You are probably different and better nurse than most. My patient experience in L&D was not all that great with the nurses but I had my husband and doula and they were amazing. I saw my nurse the first time I was admitted and didnt see her until I gave birth and I was definitely disappointed that she didn't really check on me. Maybe she felt because I had my husband and doula in the room, who knows? But for some ladies who don't have that, they get pretty lonely going through those contractions by themselves, I'm just saying (even they receive epidural). And I gave birth without it(my choice) so my nurse had a bit of an attitude with me and mentioned well, "you may change your mind so let me know, okay". And she left. So I had my opinions about L&D nurses and mentioned to myself that if I ever worked in L&D, I would be so much better than them. But I am not trying to offend you or anything.
I don't find your comment offensive but I would cheerfully strangle the nurse who gave you that impression. On my floor our labour patients are 1:1 the majority of the time. Last night my VBAC got frequent position changes, care, empathy and education from me and had a beautiful delivery. I was in the room the majority of the time doing her care. It's been that way at all three of my jobs (even the one with central monitoring).
Yesterday we had a placenta accreta that turned into a massive bleed, a hysterectomy and the woman had over 60 units of blood products and a 7 hour surgery that involved vascular surgeons, multiple OBs and anesthetists, art lines, you name it. ICU didn't get her until we were done with her.
As a new grad I'm sorry you were given a wrong impression of LD nurses by your birthing experience. All I can say is give it a chance. I've never been bored (and I'm a person who likes change!).
I've also heard great things about ICU--in the end, it's up to you!