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ThePeony

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ThePeony specializes in lactation.

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  1. ThePeony

    Recommended Lactation Consultant/Educator class?

    I have an ADN and am an IBCLC. I do not work in a hospital though but run a breastfeeding program through WIC
  2. ThePeony

    RN jobs with high amount of patient/family teaching

    I work for a health dept, basically all I do is educate. I love it.
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    Recommended Lactation Consultant/Educator class?

    Another one that took UCSD course and would highly suggest it as well. It wasn't difficult but did take a fair amount of time. I did go on to sit for the IBCLC exam which the course was good prep for.
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    How did you find your specialty??

    I started off in ortho just because I did not want to work med surg and ortho was keen to hire me so I went there. I never loved it. After my first child was born, I realized the lack of lactation support in my area, and I ended up getting into that speciality. It wasn't a planned career move at the time, but 7 years later, it has worked very well for me and I love what I do.
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    teen pregnancy

    I'm in public health, my program does lactation only, but some of the other programs that we offer work with mostly teen/young moms. My favorite is one where an RN goes into the home during the pregnancy and until the child is 2, every other week, and teach the mothers parenting/life skills.
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    Options for RN jobs and motherhood?

    I work part time for a health dept because I have multiple small children (soon to be 4 of them), the logistics of doing 12's was just too much. I only work half a day at a time sometimes even less if I am just doing one home visit. I'm not in home health but rather supervise a small lactation program. I have a lot of flexibility of when I work, I schedule most of my meetings for when it is easiest for me, same with clinic days, and while home visits can often be last minute, I still have the ability to schedule them for when I am able to. I make less then I would working in a hospital but then again, I also wouldn't have the ability to do my paperwork or phone support from my house while my children are sleeping, at preschool, etc... in a hospital.
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    Is there work after kids??

    I was away for 6 years and got a job last year. It is working part time at a clinic running a small program. My previous in-hospital experience was not in this area but I did volunteer extensively while not working in this area. While the pay is not great compared to what I could make in the hospital, I can't beat the hours and the ability to schedule myself for when I want/can work. I also do not have a BSN, someday maybe when kids get older. There is hope, it just may not be quite what you are looking for. I'm planning on staying with this job until all my children are older and then start searching for something else.
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    Pregnancy: best during nursing school or as a new hire?

    I got pregnant right when I was graduating from nursing school. This of course was when nursing jobs were everywhere, I had a job already lined up. I passed my boards, and worked until 2 weeks before she was born. I did end up not going back to that job when my unpaid maternity leave was up, the schedule I had been promised vanished so I took a year off and then started working casually in another specialty. Several children later, I still work part time, but have build a niche for myself in my area so it has worked out well. We had multiple pregnancies in my nursing program, 2 gave birth during the school year, they dropped out during the summer. Another 3 timed it so when we graduated, they were weeks away from giving birth. We had 2 who timed it to give birth during the summer break with plans to return, they did not. The ones who did give birth during the school year were given no special treatment, they were back in class within days, and back to 12 hour clinicals, they were not given extra time to pump during the school day or at clinicals. It was exhausting for them, I would not recommend it.
  9. I work for a part time for a health dept as a RN doing lactation work. I am a certified lactation educator and counselor, I sat in July for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant exam, still waiting on results for that. I have been asked to run a Breastfeeding Support Group in my area through a healing arts center, they would not provide insurance for anyone leading groups for them. I do carry my own private nursing insurance, and I am not planning to go into private practice as a lactation consultant. The group would be mostly answering questions, I would not be doing assessments, etc... I still want to make sure I am covered insurance wise, would my personal policy be enough with the extra certifications? I am always wary of assuming that insurance covers actual things!
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    Anyone going for IBCLC?

    I sat this year for the IBCLC exam. The 2012 exam requirements should not be an issue for a nurse to meet, they are requiring more classes then previously required. The reason being that non-medical professionals that were sitting for the exam where often ill prepared. Even though I have been an RN for 8 years, I went through a different pathway to get my clinical hours for the exam. I have been a LLL Leader for years and also work for WIC running their peer counselor program, I used my years with LLL to qualify with IBCLC.
  11. ThePeony

    Accepted offer to Walden University

    I will be! I actually will be starting next month with them because I missing a stats class, and then years ago pre-nursing school, I tested out of some classes. Guess what, I need those credits now so I get to take two more classes. I will be doing the bridge program so I will be a year behind you. I keep second guessing myself, wondering if this is really the right time to return to school and if this school is the right one for me.... I hope it is!
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    RN to MSN

    I am looking for an online RN to MSN program. I have an ADN and have spent the last couple years researching my options off and on. I originally thought I would just get my BSN and then do a masters program later when my kids were older but now I am wondering about just doing it all at once. I am looking for a general MSN program, I have no interest in becoming a CNM or NP. My background is in lactation, I am sitting for the IBCLC exam this July. I currently work part time at a health dept providing lactation support for their WIC clinic. I do enjoy public health nursing but don't not want to limit myself to a MPH. I do believe I will continue working with moms and babies, it appears to be my niche. I have looked through several programs listed on here, I am hoping that someone has more insight. Thanks!
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    Been out for almost 7 years

    I have been out of nursing for exactly 7 years now. I recently accepted a job at the health dept, not a bad salary either considering.
  14. ThePeony

    RN to BSN online

    I stumbled across this thread a while back, read it, explored options and now am throughly confused, LOL. Background on me, I have an ADN, got my RN 5 years ago, worked for about 7 months or so and then had a special needs child that I've been at home with ever since. I would love to get my BSN but I do not meet the working for 1 year requirement. I find that many programs have so many clinical hours that are just not possible with my daughters (my 2nd came with her own set of health issues). I actually had enrolled at one time with a program in FL, (exhausted and spacing the name at the moment), but found all the courses required to be very daunting, and now I'm ready to try again. Any suggestions? TIA