What is the stress levels of any obsetric nurses?
I am highly interested in pursuing a career in Nicu nursing or L& D nursing, what is the stress level like and would you say its overall worth it ( dothe cons outweigh the pros)?
That's an excellent question! I spent over a decade serving as an OB, Labor/Delivery, Newborn Nursery, and NICU nurse before transitioning into the role of a nurse educator. It's true, the stress levels can be quite high, but with the right preparation, you can handle it. It's crucial to choose a top-notch nursing school that will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills, and guide you towards successfully passing your state boards to obtain your license.
If you're considering a specialization in this field, I'd recommend seeking a hospital that provides externships for nursing students. This will offer you invaluable experience before you receive your license, and once you're a licensed RN, this experience will enhance your resume and aid in securing a good position.
Nursing, in my opinion, is more than a profession—it's a calling. If you feel this calling, strive for academic excellence, then aim for a reputable college with an impressive NCLEX (state boards) exam pass rate. You can find these rates on your state's Board of Nursing website. Once you're a licensed RN, consider entry-level positions, often referred to as Nurse Residency programs, in Labor/Delivery or NICU. If nursing is indeed your calling, you'll find the stress levels manageable.
To effectively manage stress, it's essential to prioritize self-care. Ensure you're getting enough rest, maintaining a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and indulging in self-pampering activities like massages and facials. Remember, you can only provide the best care to those babies if you're at your best!
Don't hesitate to reach out if you have more questions. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a nurse in Labor/Delivery, Newborn, and NICU. Due to health reasons, I couldn't continue working on my feet, but I found joy in my other passion—educating aspiring nurses.
Best of luck on your journey!