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  1. NeoPediRN

    Cannot wait to transition to the cath lab!

    Yes, and every other month you can opt to split call week nights if you want to! I don't have to stay awake, I go in if I get called and lounge around the house if I don't. I got called in several times this past weekend, didn't mind at all. Every time I get called in I make a minimum of 4 hours of overtime. Response time is 30 minutes year round. I live within the 30, if there was a blizzard I would stay in a call room.
  2. NeoPediRN

    Cannot wait to transition to the cath lab!

    You can either do one Friday 7p- Monday 7a, or Saturday 7a- Monday 7a + one 12 hour night call per month, as long as it equals out to 60 hours. One holiday a year on call.
  3. I'm a pedi ER nurse (with adult ER experience as well) and getting ready for a new adventure. Our cath lab is diagnostic and interventional. I cannot wait to be part of a TAVR! Can't wait for a swan! We're also cross training to interventional radiology and will be part of stroke embolectomy and angiography for traumas. I'm just so excited to learn something new!
  4. NeoPediRN

    Which position for a nurse with a young baby?

    Bump for more thoughts
  5. NeoPediRN

    Which position for a nurse with a young baby?

    Financially I think it'll balance out. I'm just torn between what's probably better for my family vs fulfilling career dreams. I likely won't get this PICU opportunity again.
  6. I really need advice. I have to make a decision between these two positions. I have a one year old baby and am really stuck between choosing what I really want and what may be better for my family. Just for background, I'm not a new nurse and have done a combination of days, eves, and nights in the past. Position 1: Labor and delivery/PP. Four 3-11 shifts, less money, free parking, an extra evening away from my baby, more expensive benefits, 20-30 minute commute depending on traffic. Overall, more time with the baby, easier and less expensive childcare. Position 2: Pediatric ICU in a level I academic medical center. Everything I ever wanted (fully integrated ICU with med/surg, trauma, transplant, cardiac, heme/onc/BMT. Opportunity to float to other pediatric critical care areas in times of low census. Opportunity to join their transport team. Better pay and better benefits, longer commute with urban traffic (30 minutes no traffic, as much as 1.5 hours with). Night shift only, three 12s. $9/day for parking, $2.50 for tolls, more childcare expense. An extra day with my baby but will I be too tired to enjoy it? If I take this, she will be at home and family or babysitters while I sleep. Worried about my quality of life. I've never been so torn about anything. Advice greatly appreciated.
  7. NeoPediRN

    New to pedi ER and pregnant

    I've worked a combination of the ER and pediatrics for 7 years, but now I'm finally combining them and I couldn't be more excited! I was up front in the interview and they know I'm expecting. Is there anything I should be cautious about exposure to other than CMV and fifths disease? How do you keep yourself safe while trialing and caring for kids when they don't yet have a diagnosis?
  8. NeoPediRN

    New to special care

    I worked in the ER before this and all the things I didn't like about the ER are the things I didn't like about L&D. I had some scary experiences and I did not like the limited control. I was also not a fan of most of the OBs. I absolutely love special care. I love the team, the relationships, watching babies lean how to grow and thrive. Someday I think I'd like to move on to a Level III, but for now I'm really happy. Good luck, I hope the NICU is all you ever hoped for!!!
  9. NeoPediRN

    New to special care

    No, we definitely should be paid. We spent tens of thousands of dollars to fulfill this dream and we work hard for our money. We are super lucky to work in an area that fills our hearts and makes the day fly though!
  10. NeoPediRN

    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Brigham is the best paid Partners hospital, but BMC is the highest paid overall.
  11. NeoPediRN

    New to special care

    Yes!!! My family has commented on he change they've seen in me and how happy I am. It's so awesome to watch them grow and I love being able to find something that can comfort them. We don't have child life so I've been looking into things I can do for the babies and the parents. I'm going to try to get weekly footprints to turn into a book for the parents with an update of the major things their baby accomplished that week. I can't wait for my shift tomorrow!
  12. NeoPediRN

    New to special care

    I am the happiest labor and delivery failure on the planet. I lasted three whole weeks before talking to my boss and I'm so grateful she allowed me to transition to special care. I've been orienting for a week and I absolutely love it. I worked in a NICU/PICU stepdown a few years ago and loved it but didn't make enough money to stay and it was really far from my house. I am sooo happy to be in this unit. I love feeding preemies, I love watching babies learn how to thrive, and I even love working with the NAS population. We get lots of tastes of critical care and have a great relationship with our level III parent hospital. So excited to be able to post here, and it feels surreal to wake up every day looking forward to work!
  13. NeoPediRN

    Hating L&D

    What gives me anxiety is the following.... 1) I can only do so much to bring a baby's heart rate back up and it's still at least five minutes from decision to stat section delivery. 2) Some of our docs will do anything to place blame on nursing, despite documentation. I have seen it and it's awful, especially when they place blame within earshot of the patient. 3) These patients CANT wait....there's no triaging, they all must be cared for as soon as they walk in the door. 4) The subjectivity....different docs want different things....each nurse has a different opinion on what kind of decel is occurring....etc... The nurses are so amazing and give great care, but I can see how stressed they are. It's feast or famine on our unit. No patients or 7 in active labor with 12 scheduled NSTs and 3 evals with four nurses. I just miss taking caring of babies. I feel super comfortable with sick babies yet laboring mothers give me a pit in my stomach. I don't get it, and I am so surprised that I don't love L&D. The reason I'm wondering if I should talk to my manager now is because I dread going in more each day and I don't want to go through the whole orientation, still hate it, and then have her frustrated that I didn't speak up earlier.
  14. NeoPediRN

    Hating L&D

    I went to school to become a maternity nurse. I loved everything about it. I finally have my chance and it is taking all of my willpower to stick it out. I like the postpartum piece just fine and thought I'd love L&D with my ER background but I hate it. I am not an anxious person but find myself riddled with anxiety during my shifts. I don't like that I only have so much control over what's going on inside mom's body. I am finding that my passion is really just with the babies and would like to switch to special care. During stat sections I find myself gravitating toward the baby when I should be focused on mom. I've been in L&D for three weeks. Will it get better? Should I try to stick it out or am I better off talking to my manager now? Thanks so much in advance.
  15. NeoPediRN

    Telemetry Certification

    Also, you cannot get your critical care cert until you've met certain criteria for it....
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