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airwin.rnc has 10 years experience and specializes in Labor and Delivery.

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    L&D to Mom Baby transition?

    Thanks DrMissitRNfixit. That might be an option, pretty sure I could try it for awhile and go back if wasn’t a fit, they just did a very attractive Voluntary Exit Program so that’s what a lot of nurses did. And now we’re short staffed...🤬 Six years to retirement, it can’t come soon enough!😎
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    L&D to Mom Baby transition?

    Hello! I’m once again going through a “I need a change” phase. Have been doing labor for 15 years, reached this point about every 5 but have not acted on it. Most of the time I like what I do, I like my peeps, but I think I’m finally ready for a change. Our unit is bursting at the seams, gone through a major turnover in staff and (although I NEVER wanted to use this as an excuse) I’m getting older (59). I’m starting to consider M/B, although all my Adrenalin junkie friends say I’d be bored outa my mind. Just wondering if there are any former L&D nurses who have transitioned, thoughts and suggestions? TIA- Alice 😎
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    Quantifying blood loss (grrr...)

    We are supposed to measure until lochia flow is normal and VS are stable (. I understand extra measures if blood loss is excessive, but when you work a busy unit and you're not staffing according to AWHON guidelines it seems a lot to ask for every delivery.
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    Quantifying blood loss (grrr...)

    Hello all- My hospital system just jumped on board with this new initiative that is supposed to help prevent an acute pp hemorrhage from occurring (this was the rationale given, I don't believe our system is above average in occurrences). It requires us to now weigh all blood soaked items, estimate amniotic fluid and fill out a worksheet post-delivery. All of this added to normal interventions and charting done post-delivery. It's going over like a lead balloon, both with the nurses and the docs. I realize like everything else that's thrown at us, it's not optional, but something to grin and bear. Just curious if anyone else out there is already doing this, and has it been more effective than plain old fashioned good assessment skills? Honestly they are making it harder and harder to raise patient satisfaction scores (required) when we're spending so much time doing things that take away from time for the hands-on nursing that we signed up for. (Okay, done with the rant...) Frustrated in Florida
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    Time to change specialties...

    Thanks for your reply, brownbook. I thought it odd, too, that the shadow day would be an issue, perhaps she didn't understand that I was coming in on my own time. I did receive a reply back from another hospital within my system yesterday (there are 4) who was more than welcoming. Could go a long way in influencing (if I get a choice) as to what unit I'd prefer. Wish me luck, without a doubt whatever is meant to happen, will happen!
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    Time to change specialties...

    Hello all- First, some background. I am considering a PACU internship as a way to change specialties (currently have done L&D for the last 9 years, a couple years telemetry before that) I like L&D but am ready for a change, one of the reasons I went into nursing is the aspect of it being such a versatile career. The internship appeals to me in that I would get proper training to refresh what I've lost with my focus being maternal medicine for so long, plus I've enjoyed the OR aspect of L&D (we do our own C-sections). Now for my questions (Yeah, I'm requesting a 2 for 1 deal..) I requested a shadow day to get a real feel for life in the PACU, thought it would save time (for myself and the directors) if I discovered that it would not be a good fit. They were reluctant to schedule it until they had set up an interview. I understand that they don't want to waste time with someone who may not be considered; guess it all depends on your perspective. That being said, if I do not have time to get a shadow day in prior to my interview, would it be considered inappropriate to ask for a description of a typical day in the unit? Or would that be construed as not having enough knowledge of PACU nursing to be accepted (this is a specialty internship set up for experienced RNs.) I have spent a lot of time lurking this forum, but the experiences from hospital to hospital seem to be quite varied. If you were doing the hiring, how would you feel about someone wanting to wait until doing a shadow day to make a decision about accepting the internship? 2nd question (okay, technically the third ) One of the things that appeals to me is the limited time you are with the patient, but for those of you that used to deal with patients more long term and less sedated, do you miss the reward of feedback from patients and/or their families? Thanks in advance for any input/advice-Love that I have so many brains to pick!
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    Any former L&D nurses out there?

    Thanks, monkey bug - hope your grant gets extended and you can continue many years with your calling!
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    Any former L&D nurses out there?

    Thanks for the input. Your jobs sound enticing, especially the invested parents. Do you work for private agencies or govt. funded? I will definitely check into that possibility. As for switching depts. in the hospital, I'm afraid of going from the fire into the frying pan. (Plan on at least shadowing before I make a switch.) Glad to hear I'm not the only one who has burned out on what many seem to think of as the 'happiest' department in nursing.
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    Any former L&D nurses out there?

    Hi all, First-time posting (long-time lurker:lurking:) I am getting to the burn-out stage in my current position (L&D) and am considering a change, wondering if pediatrics might be a good fit. I love kids, avoided pediatrics at first because I thought it would be hard to deal with their pain/suffering. What I have gained through lurking is that it's incredibly gratifying to be able to help. Anyhoo, just wondering if there are any others who made the switch from OB to Peds - would love to pick your brain a little, thanks!