I was recently offered a job on a mother/baby floor after working a year on a med surg floor. Can anyone offer any advice on how to transition to this completely different field of nursing? This is my dream job and I don't want to mess it up. Are there any reference books I should read?? We were only given one semester of maternal child nursing in school and only one clinical and I don't remember very much about it. It was given during the summer and we rushed through it. ANY help would be appreciated!
Jan 28, '13
Congrats! I've been pulled to this area and I really enjoyed it. If you still have your OB book I would pull it out and start skimming through it.
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Jan 28, '13
Hi! I have no advice to offer as I am starting a preceptorship on mother/baby next week (im a student), but am interested in the replies. Good luck at your new job and congratulations!
Jan 30, '13
I got a job as a new grad there. It really helped me to re-read some of my old OB notes. I reviewed mother and baby head-to-toe assessments, common postpartum medications, medications used for a hemorrhage, postpartum complications, and basic care for the newborn. My floor also takes some antepartums so I reviewed some of that too, like pyelo, hyperemesis, gestational diabetes.
Also, my floor gives handouts and booklets to moms for education purposes, I took those and read them myself. I asked the breastfeeding consultant if I could follow her around during rounds to learn how to assist people with breastfeeding. I asked a lot of questions to my preceptor and took notes. Good luck!
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