Quote from LPNish
I am interested in Mom/Baby nursing. I'd like to know how those of you in this area feel are the best/worst things about your job. Also, what type of additional experience/education did you need to get?
I have been a mother baby nurse since I graduated with my RN in May 2006. I love it. I got into it because I love teaching and love people. Also because I don't love the critical care environment (although don't be fooled...when things go wrong in post-partum, they go REALLY wrong and I have used some of my med-surg skills learned in school!)
Any further training such as NRP is all done on-the-job where I work, so I just came in as a fresh grad, with my stethoscope in one hand and my CPR card in the other!
Best and worst...hmm...teaching is definitely the best, and being able to be with someone at such a critical time. I love helping the moms, when I get a fresh c-sect in the morning who is throwing up and painful and has a spitty cold baby, and then when I leave at night she has been out of bed, is resting comfortable nursing her baby...that's a huge rush for me.
Worst...I don't know. Unit politics? lol. Some of our patients are higher acuity and I am still new enough to feel intimidated by the pts on mag-sulfate or the antepartums with issues. I'd rather not have to care for them but thats probably due more to my lack of experience.
The one thing that I hate the worst of all....giving shots. There I said it lol. And its not specific to mother/baby nursing so I guess I have to learn to deal with it!
Follow your dreams with what you want to do. You may change your mind about where you want to work several times before you graduate (I know I did!). Do what feels best at the time; nursing has so many avenues that if you decide later to change, its not hard to do.