Transferring within the maternal child departments is definitely a rough go! Communication styles are different, responsibilities are different, and your confidence gets shaken when you switch spots!
Just a few tips:
--now your patients are well until they prove ill, so relax, they aren't "ill"--enjoy the wellness!
--You were an "expert" as a NICU RN, you will feel shaken to your core becoming a "novice" again--hang in there-you didn't learn to be comfortable in NICU your first week
it took many months to figure out your "system" and ooze confidence!
--communicate if you need more time on orientation, but remember by that last week or two you might feel more comfortable!
--it is disconcerting how all "over the place" labor and delivery is--I use a special clip board of my own--it has my own checklists for duties and phone numbers to call, special order codes, etc. It is better than my brain on a piece of paper but lets me carry around my daily brain along with all my patient clipboard info...It's bright pink with a flip open compartment so I can store papers, yet can easily wipe it down between patients, shifts, etc. I love checklists
--they help me feel in control!
--Find the system that works for you to feel like you have all the answers in one place--
--GO EASY ON YOURSELF! You can't play Mozart the first time you sit down at the piano--you start with scales and work your way up--the same is true in L&D--start with the basics