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<p>It seems like there are so many RNs in this DDC! I am an L&D RN, right now working full-time nights as a travel nurse. My contract is ending (only three more shifts, yea!). I have some ideas, have an interview at a birth center next week for .70 which would be an amazing position. But open to anything. Sometimes am panicked thinking about all the changes, especially since this LO was a surprise, but have a feeling that it was meant to be and will work out beautifully. Trying to let go and let it be.</p>
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<p>Other RNs ... how is your work/life balance as a new mom? Have you worked while pregnant? Worked nights while pregnant? How soon did you go back? Were you able to pump at work? I am terrified of working close to FT, having crazy shifts and having my milk dry up postpartum. But I do love being a nurse and feel it will be very good for our family. Any tips?</p>
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<p>Hi, fellow RN here. I work in a busy Trauma I / ER department. I also work noc and full time. Honestly the schedule is more and more exhausting. Still battling all day sickness and its been rough. I have a six and three year old. I found that working nights actually gave me more time with my kids. Hubby got a new job that requires him to be gone all week and only home on the weekends (just until Feb) so that is  not ideal either-but I keep thinking it will be over soon. Everyone in the dept knows that I am pregnant and its nice they keep me away from resp isolation patients and the xr techs are cautious about shooting when I am around. In terms of pumping I already spoke with my mgr and it shouldn't be a problem. The other week I worked 6 days in a row=72 hours and I thought I was going to die. I spoke to my mgr and they have spaced out my days nicely so its 3 days on and 4 days off which seems to work much better for me. I still get combative patients but have security's number memorized. I still haven't worked out my maternity leave with HR. I live in a resort town and we hit season in the winter and then they usually flex people in the summer so I am thinking that this summer baby will work out nicely with work.  I hope your next position after your traveling shifts are up work out well for you. I really think communication is key with employers. Let them know what you need. Congrats on your pregnancy. My little boy was not planned but he is such a blessing and I can't imagine life without him. Sometimes we get blessings in life without asking :) Here is to a healthy and happy pregnancy for us all!</p>
 

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<p>Hi!  I am an RN but have been mostly staying at home with the kids for almost 2 years now.  I was just starting my job search when I found out about this pregnancy and decided to hold off for a while.  I take an occasional PRN shift at the ER I used to work at and keep up my certifications with them.  I have to work 2 shifts a month in order to be "on staff" so I have just been meeting that bare minimum for the last few months.  I am probably going to pick up some more hours now that I am feeling a little bit better.</p>
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<p>I also worked at an Ob/Gyn office for several years and did registry in L&D at a big, overwhelming, high-risk university hospital.  It was hell.  I would never, ever do that again (the hospital, I mean).  The office was nice, but soooooooo out of sync with my feelings on pregnancy, birth and women's health that I could not stay there anymore.  One of the doctors I worked for actually told me that my decision to have  a homebirth after my c-section was akin to committing child abuse!!! <img alt="bigeyes.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif">   So - ER seems to be my place for now.  It is busy and stressful but also interesting and challenging.  I don't think I would ever be able to do it full-time again, though - I just don't have the energy anymore!!  I don't like the hospital environment much  - especially during pregnancy - but the extra money is nice and free CEU's is great!</p>
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<p>Last time around I was able to pump at work - both the hospital and the office.  My departments were very accomadating and the hospital actually had a nursing room with a hospital grade pump, TV, bathroom and little fridge all set up for us.  It truly was wonderful.  I have found that the healthcare industry seems to be pretty understanding of the needs of breastfeeding mothers.  In the ER, we all watch each other's patients when a mama needs to go pump or check in at home.  </p>
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<p>I'm not an RN yet, but I am a nursing student going full-time for my BSN. I'm not as worried about this next semester since my instructors have all been amazing. What I'm worried about is the clinical semester(s) after I give birth. I'm wondering when I'll be able to pump, and where, and how that will all work. Baby will be 8 or 9 weeks old when I have to go back to school in the Fall so my supply will be very well established. Being that I'm at a university where most of the students in my class are 20 or 21, they haven't dealt with a breastfeeding/pumping new mom very often. I'm hoping that they'll work with me and that the hospitals where I'm doing my clinicals are understanding as well.</p>
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<p>Any tips from RNs would be much appreciated! I don't want to place more stress on the nurses that I'm working with. I need to try and find that balance between doing my job during clinicals and doing my job as a mom and pumping.</p>
 

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<p>I am an RN, now a nurse anesthetist since 2004.  Recently, since I got pregnant, I work only one to two days a week, since this is my third pregnancy and my other 2 children who are really young.  I love my job and do feel there is a place for medical intervention especially when causing trauma to one's body ie. surgery BUT I will not as so much take a tylenol or asprin at home!  I love natural remedies, herbs and alternative health.  Currently, I am also studying to be a master herbalist :)  And very excited about it!!!  But first and foremost my family comes first so I am trying to work it all in ;)  For this pregnancy, we are working with a midwife and this will be our first homebirth!!!  It is so exciting to be on the forum with all of you wonderful ladies!  :)</p>
 

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<p>Really nice to hear from everyone :) Thank you for sharing.</p>
 
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