Join Date: Jun 2004
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Where I work, we float to postpartum...but working nights it's rare that I have to assist with a circ. I don't really care for postpartum that much. Actually, I like the moms, baby care bugs me. (bottle feeding bugs me) Funny, on orientation we were talking about baby feeding and I asked for some teaching on bottle feeding. My preceptor said stopped in her tracks and said "your kidding , right" and I had to explain that I have never really bottle fed anyone. the closest was when I babysat and bottlefed breast milk to a baby.(i think i have a bad reputation now)
The charting bugs me...
There are also new grads who are hired to L&D. And my bias is that they don't hire new grads.(I have only been a nurse 3 years) They need more experience with the technical stuff. IV's, foleys etc, meds, etc. At 2 am there might only be 3 RN's working on the floor-and an emergency section comes in....yikes.
But there are only 100 deliveries a month at the hospital where I work. It takes a while to get the experience. At a bigger hospital it would be easier to get the experience.
I think it depends on you comfort level with l&d too.
My experience was from homebirth/midwifery assistant/doula background and I have worked in hospitals since I was 16.