Published Jan 25, 2005
I am currently an OB nurse who is being forced to look for a new job ( :angryfire my unit SUDDENLY closed). I am on the fence as to stick with OB or brave a new specialty. The hospital I work for has LOTS of postigs everywhere in house but I think I would like ER or ICU. Do you guys think a OB nurse has what it takes or should I get ICU experience first? I have worked OB for 7 1/2 years and we do have plenty of obstetrical emergencies. I did cardiothoracic stepdown prior to this for 2 years.
traumaRUs, MSN, APRN
Come on over to the ER - we would love to have you!
E.R. or ICU would be good choices. The things i have learned in those departments is incredible. I presently do only e.r. last 15min of my last shift we saved a 5 week old in respiratory arrest :) Either one of these areas will train you, however ask first what kind of orientation they will give you. Alot of places like to throw you in the deep end and see if you sink or swim. Without adequate training you will drown. Good luck, e.r. and icu are both good places to work. It seems o.b. and o.r. nurses rarely ever venture out of their departments. It must be a black hole vacum thing in those departments.
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