- 5 months ago
- Wedding: August 2015
What is your job title?
Labor and Delivery RN
What kind of environment do you work in?
What is it that you do, exactly?
I take care of patients on our Labor and Delivery and our Antepartum units, so I care for laboring/delivering moms, moms dealing with pregnancy losses, traige patients to decide if they can go home or need to stay, and patients that are having pregnancy complications (preterm labor, preeclampsia, hyperemesis, etc.).
Do you work full time or part time?
Full time- 36 hours a week. Usually 3 12 hour shifts/week.
What do you love most about your job?
I love when I have patients that I can truly bond with and appreciate my help. Makes my job worth it! Also helping moms successfully breastfeed for the first time is especially fulfilling to me.
What do you hate about your job?
Dealing with difficult patients can be, well, difficult. We are also short staffed a lot, which is very tiring and stressful. Bad outcomes are rare, but it’s especially hard to see moms dealing with losses. I feel honored to help them through the difficult time but it’s so sad.
What advice would you give to others interested in a job like yours?
Shadow a nurse and see what it’s like actually working before going to nursing school. It’s a lot harder and more exhausting than some people think. Also for L&D in particular, it’s not all rainbows and playing with babies. When we have emergencies, they are true emergencies, and our bad days are REALLY bad. But overall, it’s very rewarding! Seeing a new dad cry when he first sees his new baby is one of the sweetest things in the world. I wouldn’t want to do any other type of nursing.