Quote from PeepnBiscuitsRN
I work in Postpartum, but L&D and PP are sort of buddy buddy, so when they're getting spanked so are we. At our hospital we end up on divert...I want to say 5/7 days a week, so what the previous poster said about going from zero to like...well.. full house in the span of 8 hours isn't really unheard of. I think the patient ratio in L&D is 1:1 or 1:2. Depending on the patient, if she's on Mag, if she's got PIH, if she's a teenager or 44 year old. I actually worked in cardiac/prog care for a little over a year before switching to OB, and it does take some getting used to. There's a LOT of charting. Yes, you'll learn to hold your breath coming in to work on a full moon night, you'll notice it get's really dull in November, and then around oh...July/August BAM! You might deal with disgruntled, estranged babydaddies, or disgruntled new grandma's to be, you'll look at a 5 paged, detailed birth plan and ready the patient (mentally) for a section.
Not saying it's no fun, I like it, it's just that it's sometimes like watching a dark, twisted comedy...and you're a player in it.
Thanks for your response, PeepnBiscuitsRN!
I took the leap and applied for a job on the maternal/child unit which is postpartum, I think. I am crossing my fingers and toes, to be able to transition to this new position! I'm hoping it will give me more a leg-up to transfer in to L&D. Not sure if they do cross-training, but hoping that they do.
I enjoy my job now, for the most part. It can be very physical, sometimes and we don't have a lot of help (tech's or CNA's). On a typical day, I have 3 patients (1 or 2 IMC level) and I am responsible for bathing them (which they need a lot of help with after open-heart sx), and ambulating them 2 or 3 times per day. Not to mention all the transfers to the bathroom, the chair and the bed, LOL! Of coarse, all the nursing stuff also (my favorite part).
Like I said, I came in to nursing because I wanted to be a L&D nurse. I dreamed about it since I was 13 years old. Then, after having preeclampsia with both of my daughter's, I knew that I needed to go back to school and make it happen!
So, I feel like after putting my family through the hell that is nursing school, they deserve and I deserve, to be where I feel I am most passionate about!
Thanks again for the great responses from everyone!