I just got a job in labor and delivery at a county hospital where they have 300 births a month. I was grateful to landed a job at the county but I never expected to get hired in the L&D dept. I thought I will be hired in the med/surg which I didnt mind at all. Ive been working for a month now. I work at night, another LVN who is a newgrad works in the am shift (we got hired together). The dept manager told us that she never have LVNs in the L&D before and that this will be the first time. So i guess we were very appreciative about it, which I am and fortunate enough since I've waited 8 months to get my feet in the county hospital.
I started my LVN in the nursing home and still working there once a week. I work full time at the hospital for their good benefits.
My role in the L&D are pretty much assisting the RNs. I put the patients in the external monitor. Do UA dips, take vital signs. Start an IV and draw blood, which i still need more practice in. Take patients in a w/c from ER to the L&D floor if they cant walk and take lab specimens to the laboratory. Help transfer patient from labor room to delivery room. Assist in the delivery room. Give newborns a bath, administer erythromycin and vit k to newborns, take vital signs on newborn, transfer mom/baby to postpartum.
I have floated twice in the PostPartum, which i shouldnt be floated but they were short of nurses at that time. I liked the post partum than the labor and delivery. I know not many LVNs get a position in the L&D. There is one LVN working in the PostPartum, the rest are RNs. I really like the postpartum because I feel that I am a nurse, an LVN at least. In the postpartum u get to have your own groups of patients, just like in the nursing home; do patient teachings, administer meds, take vitals on babies., give and receive reports, etc; of course no IVPB for LVNs. RNs does delegates stuff for me to do, and I don't mind that at all....
So right now, Im contemplating about getting transferred to post-partum from L&D. I already talked to my dept manager and she said she cant accomodate me and i was hired specifically for L&D, but if i really want to I have to turn in a transfer letter, which I did. I don't think she'll transfer me right away, coz im still in probation for 6 months! But i'm really hoping she will consider it.
I know i jst let this L&D opporunity slip in my hands if I get transferred. But I feel like a Nurse Tech/CNA in the L&D rather than an LVN. They do have a Nurse Tech/CNA which pretty much do the same thing I do except starting an IV and administer atb ointment and vit k to newborns. I really thought working in L&D would be the same as the RNs that works there except IVPBs, but I was wrong.
Should I stay or get transferred??? I know i already gave a transfer letter to my manager. But I really didnt wanna sound like I'm complaining. It was just a huge transition for me from nursing home to L&D and my role suddenly changed..... I dont know how the morning LVN feels about it, but im sure she likes it there since she havent worked somewhere else... I definitely feels the opposite....