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TarheelGirlx3 specializes in Coronary Care.

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  1. Hello everyone, You may or may not have seen my previous post about not really enjoying bedside L&D nursing. In fact, I almost dread going to work every single night. This is a long post, so hang with me! Backstory: I started working in a coronary ICU out of nursing school in the summer of 2015, but had always planned to do CNM as that was my first love. I started a CNM program online in January 2016. In September 2016 I started a job in L&D at a different hospital (spent a few weeks orienting in mother/baby, then started L&D orientation). Right before Thanksgiving that year I went back to my old job because this particular hospital felt super unsafe to me, so much so that I was worried about keeping my nursing license! This hospital had CNMs that acted like MEDwives, and that combined with the toxic environment made me panic and think CNM wasn't right for me after all. I withdrew from the CNM program in September 2016 before returning to my old job. While I do love women's health, I enjoy the critical care environment as well. In January 2018 I started a combined FNP/adult-gero acute care program at a different university. My logic was that I could work in women's health with the FNP component and work within the ICU with the acute care portion, whichever way I decided to go. This particular school made you arrange your own clinical preceptors (I was struggling with that terribly!). I still couldn't shake the feeling of wanting to work in L&D. I felt like I owed it to myself to try L&D in a better work environment. I had always heard wonderful things about nurse satisfaction in my hospital's L&D dept. I applied to an opening at my hospital (openings in L&D are rare here!). To my surprise, I was offered the position! I accepted and transferred to L&D the 1st of June. Similar to other programs, I spent the first month orienting in mother/baby, then moved to L&D orientation. I withdrew from the FNP/AGACP program after completing the first semester after accepting the L&D position. I have been off orientation for 4 weeks now. I am currently re-enrolled in the same CNM program that I previously withdrew from (still in core courses, specialty ones start next semester). I am super passionate about women's health and would love to educate and empower women about their own bodies. I love learning everything I can about it. But there is something about working bedside L&D nursing that is really dragging me down. Frankly, I miss taking care of sick people. I miss the minute to minute critical thinking of ICU. I am not discounting the quick, on your feet thinking that is required of L&D nurses, because you do need that skill. It just seems like it occurs less often in the labor setting. I realize I am a hot mess with all this switching around....my poor fiance has been so patient and understanding! But I don't want to keep jumping back and forth...as you all know grad school is expensive! Having a family is expensive! I am just so lost because I am getting the feeling that my passion is not translating into job satisfaction. Maybe I'm not meant to work as an APRN in women's health. Thoughts anyone? Has anyone gone through something similar in their career?
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    L&D nurses who became CNMs

    Thanks for your response....I was starting to doubt myself and career choices because I LOVE everything about women's health and want to empower women about their own bodies and what they are capable of....but it's hard to keep the faith when you work in a totally medicalized, OBGYN dominated, L&D unit. I hate to say it...but I'm starting to think I enjoyed my time as a bedside ICU nurse more
  3. TarheelGirlx3

    L&D nurses who became CNMs

    Thanks for your response....I was starting to doubt myself and career choices because I LOVE everything about women's health and want to empower women about their own bodies and what they are capable of....but it's hard to keep the faith when you work in a totally medicalized, OBGYN dominated, L&D unit.
  4. TarheelGirlx3

    L&D nurses who became CNMs

    Not necessarily 3 active labor patients... but not unusual to have a pretermer on mag with an active labor patient, plus someone coming into triage.
  5. TarheelGirlx3

    L&D nurses who became CNMs

    So I am in my 3rd semester of a CNM/WHNP program. I have been a nurse for 3 years, where most of my experience has been cardiac ICU. I transferred to L&D back in June of this year, and this is my last week of training before I am on my own without a preceptor. My hospital is the main hospital, with 3 other small outlying hospitals. We have been the only hospital in the system with L&D for more than 5 years now after 2 of the hospital's maternity services were shut down. As you can imagine, it's made our little community hospital quite busy! Its not unusual for nurses to have 3 patients, to deliver babies in triage because labor rooms are full, or be 6 inductions behind😳. I am super passionate about women's health and becoming a CNM, but I am starting to not enjoy the bedside nursing role in L&D. I can't slow down enough to enjoy it 50% of the time. I am super grateful, however, for the learning opportunity..it is invaluable. Wondering if anyone else that is a CNM or WHNP didnt particularly enjoy the bedside RN role in the field?
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    Per diem cardiac nursing ideas?

    Cardiac ICU nurse here! I dont know how your hospital system is set up but we have a cardiac rehab program at our fitness center that hires nurses....they work with post MI, CHF patients, etc. A lot of our older nurses go there when they want to escape the busy ICU shifts!
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    Best review for CCRN?

    I just took the CCRN on Thursday and passed! I would definitely recommend Barron's CCRN prep. I swear by it to my coworkers wanting to take it. I studied through that and did the full length practice exams in the back. I found that the Barron's practice exams were on par with, and actually a tad more difficult at times, than the actual CCRN exam. Early on in my prep I watched the Laura Gasparis videos..super entertaining but not very in depth. You could get by with just the book. Good luck!
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    University of South Alabama BSN-DNP Spring 2018

    Received my acceptance today as well! Located in NC...good luck to the rest waiting to hear!
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    Frontier Nursing FNP Class 161

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  10. TarheelGirlx3

    Frontier Nursing FNP Class 161

    Waitlisted here as well.
  11. TarheelGirlx3

    Frontier Nursing FNP Class 161

    Had a freakout moment yesterday when I realized Monday marks 8 weeks!!!
  12. TarheelGirlx3

    Frontier Nursing FNP Class 161

    Officially March 1st! I feel like the days are going to go by even slower, if thats possible!
  13. TarheelGirlx3

    Frontier Nursing FNP Class 161

    I went to UNC, and drove through Pittsboro all the time! Good luck to you as well!
  14. TarheelGirlx3

    Frontier Nursing FNP Class 161

    A town you've never heard of! �� But I work in Moore county!
  15. TarheelGirlx3

    Frontier Nursing FNP Class 161

    Ok that would be awesome! I haven't talked to anyone directly, just submitted the application! I'm from NC and work in critical care! Let the waiting begin.
  16. TarheelGirlx3

    Frontier Nursing FNP Class 161

    And good luck to you too!