RN Mamas - Page 2
Hi! I'm an RN in 19 bed ED - we also have a 7 bed fast track. I def. feel a bit isolated on occasion as I co-sleep, ext. breastfeed, etc. and I seem to be the only one. I do love my job - it's stressful but fun and never, ever dull. I am also the primary provider for my family - ~85% of our household income - I also work per diem in a smaller local hospital in their 9 bed ED, 5 bed ICU and 24 bed med/surg/tele floor - wherever I'm wanted! I work 3-13 hr shifts 630a-730p - if I work more than 2 in a row my kids get very squirrely (and husby, too) so I try not to.
Sometimes I think L&D would be fun, but neonate codes are so so so awful, I don't want to do that too often and I'm a bit judgemental when it comes to circ/not even trying breastfeeding so it probably isn't the best match...
I've been a nurse for 7 years and most days really like it. I've worked as a camp nurse (which rocked!), as a med/surg nurse in a busy urban hospital, and now I work L and D. It isn't always easy and the issues that previous posters talk about definitely come up--but really, for the most part, I don't think there are any more issues with nurses in L and D then there were in med/surg. I don't expect to like all my coworkers. And I absolutely don't. But I do try to give them the benefit of the doubt. With a few exceptions, they are in OB because they like birth; they like helping women during this transition. Obviously, everyone has different ideas of the best way to help people, and it's hard in an institutionalized setting to deliberately put yourself outside it. I think too, that I've learned a lot about pain vs. suffering and had to accept that for some people it truly is suffering and damaging to go through the pain of childbirth. And I really do believe it's a wonderful thing that epidurals exist, though I still have major issues with the current OB system and standard of care.
Right now I work D/N rotating 12 hours shifts, and my husband works from home 10-15 hours a week, so he's our daughter "primary" caregiver. It works for us right now, but my dream is to go down to a .4 or 5 and just work 1-2 days a week. It would give me a place to get my birth nerd on but still let me be at home with my family for most of the time.
I am :) Been an RN for 7 yrs now - I am blessed to work part time at a large suburban Children's Hospital - i am a peds RN. I only have to work 3 shifts every 2 weeks to get our family insurance (hubby is a minister)
I like being a peds RN - I am know on my floor as being the 'natural' minded nurse - my peers come to me for BF advice and have me see their patients as well (if lactation is not available :)
I ended up being off work for two weeks entirely by accident! I took a couple days off then missed two shifts because of a nasty cold. Our campus will go entirely no smoking in a couple weeks which will be a huge shock for our patient population. I've explained to multiple administrators that I full expect something to be thrown at one of the nurses. Oh well.
I really like *most* of my coworkers too. there;s a few that I cannot stand, and just try to avoid....the rest of them are great
I had to spill the beans that I'm preggo to the CT scan tech when I took a pt. down, luckily, it was her the next time I went down and she hasn't seemed to have said anything to anyone else.
Congrats! Is this your first? You don't have any kids listed in your footer. It's a true test of the body to do bedside nursing while pregnant. I only made it to 34 weeks then had to stop working because I was in so much pain. I admire those who make it to the end. When are you due?
No this is my third! (Surprise!!) It sucks to be a bedside nurse while preggo. I made it to about 39 weeks with my first and about 38.5 weeks with my second. And my second was 9#9oz I started having pubic symphosis with my second too, at about 20 weeks. I wouldn't have made it without my chiro (my knight in shining armour, LOL) Honestly, I must have looked miserable because my one night shift coworker would pass my 8 o'clocks before she left and they never bitched at me for sitting with my feet up
I attempted to return to work today with a horrible hacking cough then called in @ 1500. I'm so frustrated with this nasty virus I have. The story of the day is a woman who was trying to burn her way out of restraints with a lighter. Not my patient, thank goodness.
Hi! I'm been mostly a lurker on MDC but I'm trying to be more active! I'm an RN on a post surgical unit. I only work prn (3 shifts/2 weeks) and I work nights. I found out I was pregnant with the twins (now 17 months) the last semester of nursing school. I took NCLEX, got my license and started orientation before I went on bedrest. I was on br for two months before they were born, then I took off four months. When I first came back I only worked 2 shifts a month. I still feel extremely new and pray every night that I work that no emergency happens that I don't know how to handle. When the twins get to be school age I'll probably work full time, my husband wants to do a career change that will be a paycut for us. Nice to meet everyone!! I'm Jolene btw!
NCLEX is hell.
Welcome Jolene! Twins - how crazy, and starting a new job. It took me two years to feel like I had a good grasp on my job and still things come up and I'm like WTF. I agree with Mammamo, thank goodness for coworkers.
The morning of NCLEX I had morning sickness so bad. Oh it was awful. I only had the minimum amount of questions, but after it stopped I was sure that meant I failed horribly. I prayed for it to keep going! After I left I sat in my car and cried so hard, called my sister and told her I failed. She gave me the "I'm sure you did fine speech", and I did do fine, lol, but that test is pure hell.
I had worked on the same unit for three years as a CNA, so I was comfortable with the other nurses, the types of patients, the surgeons, etc, so that was nice. But my preceptor had this attitude of "you've been here a while, you know what your doing, I'll be at the nurses station if you need me." She had also just gotten a new position in the ICU and only had a few weeks left on our unit, so I think she just didn't give a F. But I'm managing, everyone is mostly very helpful in answering my questions, I just get nervous that I won't know the difference between when my patients are sick and real sick (ie, they're crashing and I need to do something NOW).
Ok, thats my story, thanks for listening! Look forward to getting to know you mamas!!
I'm another who got pregnant in my last semester. The baby is now 8 months old, and I got hired for my first job the other day! After more than a year of struggles getting my license transferred (we moved to a different state) and the horrible current job market where everyone wants at least a year or two of experience, the job happened so suddenly and easily that I'm kind of in shock!
I have a few questions...
How do you mamas manage to find time to pump at work? I know federal law requires them to allow reasonable breaks for pumping, but I also know that breaks don't always happen like they're supposed to, and I'm hesitant to make a big deal about it as a new grad new hire.
I'm not too worried about it - I'll be starting out on nights, and I think it will be ok to just call her night-weaned at this point. From that standpoint, I think nights will be a blessing. I will be on days for the first little while for orientation, but I suppose taking breaks to pump (or just nurse, since we live close to the facility) will be less of an issue, since I won't be solely in charge of patient care at that point.
And how do you deal with night shifts when you have kids who are on day shift?