My new job in perinatal research will be 4 9-hour day shifts each week, which leaves an extra day each week. Because I took a pay cut to take this job, I decided to try to find something PRN or once a week to help augment the paycheck. A few months ago I had interviewed for a nurse manager position for a local OB/gyn clinic. During the interview, they mentioned that they just became a Medela breastpump rental station, and they seemed interested in the fact that I'm an IBCLC. I didn't get that job, but I've been thinking about their situation, so when I decided that I wanted to find a once-a-week gig, I contacted them. They were very interested and I went in last week to talk to them.
They want me to work for them once a week doing lactation consulting, handling their breastpump rentals, teaching a breastfeeding class once a quarter, and spending time with the moms prenatally to talk about breastfeeding, answer any questions, etc.
Even though I've been an IBCLC for 4 years, I've never done outpatient, only inpatient. And I've never done lactation as my only role at a facility before. I'm really looking forward to the challenge of starting a lactation program from the ground up at a clinic that has never offered lactation services before.
I feel so fortunate that I now have TWO jobs that are going to be extremely challenging and are really going to stretch and grow my brain and abilities, and even though I made the decision to leave bedside nursing as an OB nurse, I will still be working with the obstetrical community, the demographic I love the most in nursing.