Hi, I was wondering if I could get some advice on what is like to work in postpartum. I recently applied to a peds/postpartum family center unit at the hospital, and at the interview was told it is mostly postpartum...it sounds like they are phasing out the peds. I am currently working in peds somewhere else, and in grad school for PNP, and while I like peds, I am WAY stressed out with the high acuity environment I am in now. I see some good learning opportunities and ways I can apply what I learn in postpartum towards my career. However, I'd really appreciate an "insider's" view about what I can expect if I make the switch. Thanks!
Dec 12, '07
Lots and lots of teaching, for starters.
Brush up on what's normal and what's not so you know when something doesn't look quite right. And never be afraid to ask someone else to come lay eyes on something when you're not sure.
What the nurse/pt ratio is depends on where you are. However, if you want an idea of what's acceptable, the AWHONN's recommendations for staffing are stickied at the top of this forum.
There is also a great list of recommended reading (I have broken my bank on this list, for sure) stickied here too.
Good luck! Postpartum is hard work but mostly fun.