My postpartum position was eliminated due to cutbacks and hiring LVNs. In hindsight, moving to the NICU was the best decision for me. Previously, it was routine to have 4 couplets, a couple of discharges and admissions daily, but once the LVNs came in with their narrower scope of practice (stable/predictable patients only) sometimes the RNs would have to switch-a-roo their assignments if an LVN's admission wasn't stable or a patient became unstable - all the "heavy" and complicated patients were assigned to the RNs. It was so stressful that there were days I'd drive home crying because I felt like I couldn't keep up with the demands, and I have over a decades' worth of experience.
Staffing is a joke... our call-ins were low priority compared to the ER and ICU, so often we worked short, and absolutely no wiggle room for overtime or a lull in the census; as soon as we had shuffled out the discharges, usually someone was sent home without regard for what was happening down the hall.
I am loving the NICU. Three babies, tops. No chance of LVNs coming in. No taking report in a war-zone surrounded by other nurses, students, residents and docs coming in to rip charts away from you. I go home on time more often than not. I feel like I've done my job at the end of my shift, and not missed anything.
If you're looking for a change... look at the NICU... it's a bit of a learning curve from postpartum, but it's been great for my morale.