So I've just finished up two days of 12 hour shifts on PostPartum as a Nurse Tech. Three days of training and I was ready ... and it was amazing and exhausting and gratifying and frustrating and wonderful!
My question is ... I start my ADN program in August and want to work L&D or PP or MBU ... but all of the nurses who work at my hospital are already trying to talk me out of it! They say "why do you want to become a nurse" or "why do you want to work on the maternity floor ... why not a real floor like med surg" or "are you crazy"? So I'm starting to wonder ... am I?
Because I loved the feeling of being on the floor and helping patients .. yeah, the paperwork sucks, but it's necesary. I loved bathing new babies and seeing the look of awe on the father's face. I love bringing a new baby to mom and seeing the look of love on her face. I love answering breastfeeding questions ... seeing a baby latch on well for the first time and the relief on the moms face. I love all of this. I know there will be bad days.
So why the negativity from the nurses? Isn't it all worth it in the end? I'm leaving a job where I make $45k a year to go into nursing for less money. Because it's where I WANT TO BE!
Thanks for letting me vent .... back to daydreaming about beautiful babies and moms.