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iPink BSN, RN

Critical Care, Postpartum

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iPink has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum.

When I joined allnurses back in 2009, I was a pre-nursing student making the leap to change my career to nursing. Yes, nursing is my second career (went the ABSN route). Although the journey was tough, in the end it was all worth it. 😉

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    any rags to riches stories

    I teared up reading what I had written in this thread in 2014. Now, in 2019 heading into 2020, I'm building a business!
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    No longer enjoying my "dream" job.

    It doesn't sound like hospital is an LRDP. How about transferring to PP and then when you think you're ready, maybe when the baby is older, you can go back to L&D?
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    Deciding not to be an NP

    When I decided to change my career about 6 years ago, I wanted to be an FNP and I was excited. After going through an Accelerated BSN program, I was starting to rethink that idea and about 90% of my classmates were discussing NP school in the near future. With many wanting to be CRNAs. Reality hit when we started working as nurses and paying back those student loans. For me those loans included my first degree (B.A.) and now the BSN. I'm done with school. Decision final. I graduated in 2012 and heard only 2 of my former classmates actually continued to either the MSN or DNP.
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    3 Couplets, too much?

    We do 4 couplets and people are leaving my unit. If I break down what we do for both mom and baby, for example chasing newborn blood sugars all night on top of PKUs/O2s, IV meds, Q4 vitals for pretermers, it is a LOT. And that's just focusing on the newborns. We are fighting hard to get the postpartum units at my hospital to take a max of 3 couplets and I work at one of the top 3 largest Women's hospitals in the country, in terms of deliveries.
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    Why did you become a nurse?

    Job stability and opportunity to move around in the field.
  6. I have about 32 years before I can officially retire. The thought of spending that long in my current job as a mother/baby nurse makes me break out in hives, rocking back and forth on the floor in a corner - I would go insane. A lot of students come to my unit too wanting to be in postpartum, but they only get a glipse of what it entails. I internally roll my eyes when my patients' family think all we do is "play with babies all day." If they only knew. I'm a career changer and happy with the stability and lifestyle nursing has provided for me, but I'm hoping to hang up my scrubs for good and go into business for myself. In the meantime, if an opportunity for case management comes up at my hospital I would make the move and spend a considerable amount of time there before I could move on to my dream opportunity.
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    C Section Post-Op Rx

    I am a Postpartum nurse and my c/s moms take Toradol or Ofirmev prn with either their Dilaudid PCA or Fentanyl PCE for 24hrs postop. From POD 1-3 when their pumps are already d/c'd, they are switched to Percocet and Motrin. And they will take that for the remaining of their stay and will go home on that rx. I know every facility is different, that's what happens on mine.
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    What Did You Get For Nurses Week?

    A knife with the company logo on it I assume.
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    Delaying the newborn bath

    My facility started delayed bathing about a year ago and I would say there was some push back from nurses, not suprising with any change comes the initial lack of support and complaints. We delay baths from 6-24hrs, depending on parent's preference. A small few have actually decided to have their baby's first bath at home. A few reasons we tell our parents why we delay the bath are: 1. promotes bonding and 2. helps regulate temperature. Our babies are bathed at the bedside when mom have decided on time they would like their baby bathed. We promote rooming-in, so we don't give mom's the option of having baby bathed in the nursery. The only babies that are bathed immediately are Zika exposed, HIV, and Hep B/C positive babies. We identify the babies who aren't bathed yet by placing an identification marker in their bassinet. We just make sure we are gloved up and if there's a spitty/choking baby to be saved, we especially scrub down even more in case we couldn't put on gloves fast enough. We made it work and it's no longer a big deal or at the top of converstion since the rollout has long passed.
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    Nursing scrubs worn by visitors in the unit

    I work for a Women's Hospital, working on a Mother/Baby unit and it's not forbidden at all. A few of my visitors have friends or family visit them in their scrubs. I don't see an issue because employee entrances require the use of our badge. We badge-in using the elevators and upon entering the nurseries. Now say a parent wants entrance into the nursery (via showing their wrist band) and their friend tries to slip in behind them with scrubs on, our Mother/Baby unit badges have a special color on them that identifies those nurses who can have access to the nursery.
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    Regions that take male new grads into L/D

    OP, have you tried applying to the L&D units at the hospitals in your area or surrounding towns? See what the response have been before venturing out of state unless you desperately want a change in scenery. When I worked in critical care I enjoyed working with my male coworkers and miss that now that I'm in a female dominated specialty/hospital. Sent via iPink's phone using allnurses
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    Maternity Nursing

    We have nursery nurses on my postpartum unit. None of my hospital's four postpartum floors do couplet care. That is only done when we are extremely short staffed. I've been working there for almost 2 years and never experienced couplet care. You can either be a Mother and Baby nurse or soley a Nursery nurse. I do both as I see it as a benefit to know how to care for adults and newborns. That means when I get to work, I may be listed to work in the nursery and the next shift I may be listed to work on the floor. Since you will be a new grad, I would encourage you to apply to a postpartum unit and be open to learning both, because you never know what can happen. My floor has experienced new grads who absolutely love the nursery and end up being stuck soley in the nursery and hardly ever working on the floor as a Mother nurse. The rare times they were on the floor, they were lost. They were struggling on knowing how to hang antibiotics, give BP meds, etc. That's terrible if you're a new grad. If you would like to take care of very sick babies (i.e. NICU), the Mother/Baby unit is a good start. A few of the new grads on my unit finished up their 1 year have now transferred to the Neonatal Unit and are NICU nurses.
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    I am a real nurse

    OP, there are nurses who don't do modified head to toe assessments, or listens to heart and lung sounds, or give PRNs. Nursing is so diverse, we are CEOs, Researchers, Informaticist, and so on where those job descriptions as you listed is not apart of what they do. Doesn't make them less of a nurse. Sent via iPink's phone using allnurses
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    New Job in postpartum/advice?

    I see I posted a year ago in here....still loving my job!
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    New grad orientation

    I just don't curse, period. I show my unfiltered self to any student/orientee without a curse word leaving my mouth.
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    New grad orientation

    That's the type of preceptor I'm inspiring to be (minus cursing like a sailor) as I start my new role as preceptor on my unit. When I was a new grad I had a wonderful preceptor who I could easily ask questions and she challenged me in great ways to make me better. We often vent here on allnurses, but I believe the great preceptors all across the country aren't being talked about as much. Sent via iPink's phone using allnurses