I got a new job. Again? Right. I'm now a lactation nurse (training to be a Lactation Consultant) at the same hospital I've been working at since January. So let's call it a department transfer instead of a new job, because that sounds less jarring. Although in fact, it has been the least jarring of all the new job transitions I've had in the last two years: Birth Center, NICU at a Missouri hospital, new mom, NICU at a Kansas Hospital, and now this.
This new job requires a bunch of work upfront: 70 CEUs in addition to the Breastfeeding Educator Certificate I earned in 2012, another job orientation, an
international board exam, and the costs that come with all of the above. But the payoff will be huge. Working toward being a Lactation Consultant (a nursing specialty at my hospital) is a really good fit for me right now. No more night shift, no
more getting cancelled due to low census, no more going 24 hours
without seeing Noah. A more predictable schedule with slightly shorter
shifts is a God-send. I love the NICU and always will, but working there
PRN was not the right fit for me. I missed the relationships with the
parents that you can only form when you're the primary nurse there day
in and day out. I hated being the random nurse they'd never seen before.
I didn't like feeling uncomfortable around sicker babies, since I
wasn't taking care of them as often.
Transferring to the lactation department
was a no-brainer. I mean, I'm a nursing mom. This IS what I do for a
living. Why not get paid to help other moms do the same?