Does anyone NOT like working in OB?

  1. HI everyone. I am trying to decide if I want to go into Occupational Therapy (and work in the NICU) or go into nursing and work in OB. After reading many of these posts, it just seems like a lot of people are burned out and sick of nursing-however, when I read the OB posts, everyone seems to really love their jobs. Is there just something better about working in OB than in other areas of nursing? I just do not want to spend money on a second bachelor's degree and then hate my new job! Any info would be great! Thank you!!
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  3. by   Dayray
    I know some nurses who aren't thrilled with OB. Some leave others hang around and spread negativity. There are however allot of nurses who love OB.

    OB is very taxing emotionally and physically but your right people tend to have a better attitude in OB. Why? I'm not sure but I'll take some guesses.

    Almost everyone you talk too went to school specifically because they wanted to work OB. On other floors there are some that went to school specifically to work that particular area but not as many as there are on L&D. Not all OB nurses are living there dream by working L&D but quite a few are. Maybe this is part of the reason.

    Maybe it's because the type of person that can make it in L&D has to be positive and encouraging for patients and that carries over to there attitude.

    Maybe it's because (unlike other areas) we get to see the end result of our efforts when labor ends with a healthy baby and mom.

    Maybe it's because we don't have to see nearly so much death and sickness?

    I once worked on a unit where the L&D nurses were the bitterest and meanest nurses in the whole hospital but the other 2 I've worked for have been much better.
  4. by   lulu88
    Thanks DayRay! That was very helpful! Anyone else have any comments??
  5. by   L&D_RN_OH
    I agree with Dayray. I think pretty much everyone in OB is there because they want to be. I know I had no intentions of working anywhere but L&D, so this is the dream for me. Yes, the hours, and the over time, and the call can be tiring. And while I hate that we are short staffed and over worked, I know that it is temporary.

    I love my job, and I couldn't see being anywhere else. Even though we do have to deal with loss, the joys make up for it. And the emotional bond you form with pts can't be comparable to most other areas, I would think. We get to support people through their happiest times, watch new life come into the world, and witness the birth of a family.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I love my job 99% of the time. But i see a day where I will move on; either to case mgt or another area that allows normal day dialysis or something. I know after 50 or so, I won't want to be lifting 40lb legs to help em push or move 300-pounders onto and off stretchers to and from the OR. Patients get heavier and bigger each year. I am NOT downing heavy people here, but A body can only take so much.
  7. by   dawngloves
    I think if you ever find yourself hating your job on a day to day basis, you should move on. Not just in nursing, but anywhere. I hate working with people that piss and moan all day. I love what I do, no one makes me do it. But I too imagine if I ever get to that , I'll do dialysis or phone triage. My body ain't gettin' any younger and the days aren't getting any shorter.
  8. by   fourbirds4me
    I work with several people who constantly complain about how much they hate it.... but I think these people would hate it on any unit. I agree with DayRay... most people who love OB seem to be called to it. I know I specifically went to school to work exactly where I am working and I want to continue to work there to grow with the unit to make it better... there are several of us like this. I love the patients... even the grubby ones and love taking care of them. I don't like the situations we are shoved into because of lack of funding, short staffing and doctors who don't care.
  9. by   nekhismom
    I went to school to BE an L&D nurse. I just had to start in the NICU for a few months first!
  10. by   webbiedebbie
    I took a break from nursing for awhile (burnt out in L&D and other personal reasons). I have since taken a travel assignment and am working L&D and PP. I prefer PP because it is more structured for me. L&D here is understaffed and the pt's tend to demand a lot of care as well as using my nursing skills. I have always worked OB since I graduated from nursing school. When my assignment ends, I plan to stay in PP.
  11. by   rdhdnrs
    The wonderful thing about nursing is that, if you get into an area that's not for you, you can go to something else! There is a lot of flexibility to being an RN. Not so much in many other medical fields. Good Luck!
    By the way, I love OB...can't imagine doing anything else.