Hey girl! If you have the excitement and drive for Mommy & Baby, you will love it! I have done it for 13 years(since graduating), but I will tell you that I feel like I limited my skills. ( I have started working PRN on our gyn/breast Med/Surg Unit to increase my knowledge a bit!) Plus we help with delivery’s by wiping off the babies if they come to the warmer or inputing info into the computer/circulating.
I work nights PRN and love it. That said, we have one tech M-F for our entire unit until midnight, and I often forget she is there. 5 couplets used to be our normal, but now we have 4. Our unit is a LDRP, so we get couplets passed off and on rare crazy nights, I’ve had maybe 7? You just have to laugh and say OK because you know the nurse handing off isn’t in any better shape. Our night crew is a good team
Once you get a mom past the initial 4 hours with a vaginal birth and 8-12hrs with a C-section, they’re “less busy”. It is definitely manageable, especially if you get a system down, establish a good rapport, and realize they enjoy your help, but they also want to bond with their new baby without someone over their should every hour. (it took me HAVING a child to realize this 🤦🏼♀️).
I PERSONALLY would not choose another area of nursing and feel blessed to get paid for what I do. I treat most of my patients like my friends and even on crazy nights, I feel like both the patients and I have had good nights.