I LOVE IT! Just started maternal/child in a small hospital. I get the best (and worst) of all. My first love when I started was L&D, then I got the chance to work in the nursery. I love the healthy newborns, but when I went on call for "bad baby call", we got one. The adrenaline was amazing! Also, those newborns can handle just about anything! Most are so resilient! Had a thick meconium precip. Intubated, stabilized, and shipped him to UAB.
After a really bad week, I enjoy a routine night now and then in newborn. Then when it's been slow, I enjoy the adrenaline of a potential problem. We don't have a NICU, but I have requested a shadowing experience with an affiliate hospital in Montgomery at Baptist.
The nice thing about a small hospital, is that we get to experience a little of it all. On most nights we get to choose where we want to work that night. This helps prevent burn-out I think, being able to float from nursery, L&D, and PP. However, we do occasionally get those attitudes flaring! I have run into a lot of those in the past 2 weeks. Recuperating with 4 days off right now! Of course they called me to come in last night at 10pm. I didn't answer the phone.
We have a wonderful pediatrician as well as a locum tenens ped that fills in every other weekend. We have had some interesting peds cases too. Did I mention that our area is also peds? Alot of experience in a small hospital. Something you might want to consider!