L&D is the reason why I became a nurse. I started out in Trauma Med-surg for my first 3 years. I am moving to a new town and figured this is the best time for me to apply to L&D. I applied and got an interview. The hospital I applied to is very small. Any high risk pregnancy or sick baby gets flown to a bigger hospital in the next city over. So they do not have a NICU or mother baby unit. Mothers stay from labor to birth and L&D nurses do it all. The unit has 5 L&D beds and about 7 PP beds.
I have heard from other nurses at other small hospitals who say they get called off or are put on call all the time working in a small hospital. The hospital is about 45 mins away from where I will live, which isn't a problem, its what I drive now to work, but being called off or put on all frequently could become an issue.
I am in the middle of building a house and of course we all have other bills, so my question is, is L&D in a small hospital slow? Are you getting called off often? I cannot afford to be called off frequently, so I am not sure what to do.
The next L&D unit is 2 hours away so this is the only L&D option for me.