iPink BSN, RN

Critical Care, Postpartum

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iPink has 9 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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    Med Surge to Mother- Baby unit

    When I first started as a GN, I worked PCU, which is a step-down ICU unit. I was there for 11 months and moved into Mother/Baby. I’ve now been here for 6 years. My 11 months on PCU prepared me for blood transfusions, electrolyte replacements, Postop ...
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    Can a healthy newborn go 24 hours without a feeding?

    My hospital is "Baby Friendly" that means we don't offer supplementation unless mom brings it up and we've educated. We do encourage skin-to-skin, hand expression, and pumping and if mom is still having difficulties, we make sure we bring in lactatio...
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    PICU to L&D/MB

    I left PCU for M/B. I have been in M/B for almost 4 years and don't plan to ever go back to a critical care unit again. I honestly would be lost if I did. If you like the fast pace of an ER, then L&D would be your cup of tea. If you are intereste...
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    Does anyone else ever envy their patients?

    Never envious of my patients. In fact, I get to wake up whenever I want, lounge around all day and bing watch tv/movies the four days that I'm off from work. It's my family members who are envious when I tell them I'm off 4-5 days in a row and plan t...
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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 fu...
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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 ...
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    Why did you become a nurse?

    Job stability and opportunity to move around in the field.
  9. 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 ...
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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 fo...
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    What Did You Get For Nurses Week?

    A knife with the company logo on it I assume.
  12. I have been MIA from allnurses for a long time so I decided to start a topic...I just received my "nurses week" gift from my management team at the hospital were I work. Last year we got a pen and this year we got one of those tall aluminum bottles t...
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    Preparing for a job in post partum

    Congrats! I was a transfer from PCU to Postpartum and have been on my Postpartum unit for more than 3 years. I think your med/surg background will come in handy when having c/s patients. I don't have a book in mind to recommend. I just happen to have...
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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. ...
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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...