Quote from AnthonyD
It is important to me, particularly knowing the shifts, holidays and call I'd be required to do, as I'll be splitting time between two departments.
Thanks, I appreciate the advice. Can I ask how your experience has been, as a male in L&D? Any particular advice in that regard?
When I said they don't matter, I meant that in terms of whether you'd like a specialty or not.
You said you'd be splitting time between two departments, does that mean you would not be in L&D full time? I would not recommend that to someone who is learning the specialty unless you were guaranteed that at least 2 of your 3 shifts a week were there. It's a completely different mindset, terminology, and focus. Your ICU background is very help as we do get some pretty sick patients.
I think sometimes I forget that I'm a dude when I'm working, I just go about my job. I am always aware of power and gender dynamics, but most of those can be lessened without the patient even realizing it. For the most part, it was only the hospital HR that cared and wouldn't pass my application on. Once I got in and interviewed, it didn't matter (save for 2 or 3 places who were quite upfront about not wanting to hire a guy). It's so rare that it's an issue and I can count on one hand the number of times I've had to change patients over the past 3 years. I do a lot of OB triage so I see ANYONE/EVERYONE who walks through the door. It's "Hi, I'm labordude, I'm the OB ER nurse and I'll be taking care of you today."