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MCURN has 8 years experience and specializes in L&D, mother and child, antepartum, gynaecology.

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  1. I have been a nurse for about 8 years, and most of my time has been spent in labour and delivery and postpartum. However due to personal reasons I believe it’s best for me to change specialties. My hospital has a great training program for New ICU nurses. 24 weeks both classroom time and orientation on the floor. I applied not thinking I had much of a chance but I just received a phone call from the manager to set up a meeting to discuss my application. I worked on a surgical unit for my first year of nursing and don’t really want to go back. I guess I am wondering if anyone else has made this big of a jump and how your experience went. Also any tips of things I should learn or look up prior to starting. thanks for the input in advance.
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    Mother baby nurse thinking of nicu

    Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone could tell me their experiences switching from mother baby to nicu nursing. I am currently a nurse on a mother/baby unit and have been there for about six years. Prior to that I did a couple years of l&d. I have been thinking about making the jump to nicu as I have started to feel bored with my current unit. However I’m not sure if it’s a good idea or if I will be the right fit for more critical care. Thanks everyone.
  3. The concept of a "nurse is a nurse is a nurse" that gets tossed around management is ridiculous. In areas that are highly specialized it is dangerous to move nurses into other units and is unsafe to all patients. I have been a postpartum nurse for 5 years and would not have a hot clue to what to do with an acutely ill adult pt. Give me a mom that is PPHing any day but just not a colostomy lol. Just as when a medicine nurse gets pulled they have no idea about baby care and education we provide. It is completely reasonable to refuse a pt load that you feel is out of your scope and is unsafe. .
  4. I was wondering if anyone had any idea on how to get references for applying to a M.N program. I have been nursing for 5 years in canada and am hoping to apply for a masters program. The only problem, getting references. I have been out of school for almost 5 years and while I was in school I had no intention on going back for my masters. Therefore I have lost touch with all my old teachers and most programs need 2-4 references from teachers. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    New Process Admitting Couplets... HELP!!!

    I work in a high risk postpartum unit that does approximately 6000 deliveries a year. We take care of 4 couplets and the nurse assigned to a couplet is responsible for both mom and babe. The major babe assessment (weight, measurements, reflexes etc) and first feeding (usually) are done in recovery on L&D. but then we are responsible afterwards for vitals, a head to toe assessment (slightly less then the initial), and sugars if needed. I will usually delay the bath, especially if its a prime they are exhausted and need sleep. But thats not all the nurses on my unit. Overall I find the admission the easy part lol its the teaching afterwards and help with breast feeding that take up all of my time.