the best thing I can share with you is to encourage you to try to learn one thing each day, and learn it well. FOr example, if today you learn how to document during a delivery while everyone else does the running, then you've met your goal. If you learn how to sign on/off the computer, you've met your goal. If you learn how to operate the birthing bed, you're doing well. Just try to learn something each day, and don't stress yourself too hard about things. Fact is, you're a newbie, you don't know how to do things yet, and you will need TIME to learn. Don't beat yourself up over not knowing what to do.
When I went to my first vag. delivery, I just stood there looking stupid. literally. Then since I had worked with babies before, someone yelled at me to go do the baby work. Well, I had NO IDEA what that consisted of, since I never attended deliveries. SO, I just cleaned baby up, bulb suctioned mouth and nose, and wrapped in one blanket, and handed baby to mom. Seemed logical to me.
Well, I forgot to take footprints, to put ID bands on baby and mom/dad, take APGARs officially, etc. Plus, I didn't put a hat on baby, and we are supposed to wrap babes in 3 blankets. I didn't sign a single paper saying I was taking care of baby, so on paper, it looks like baby was ignored for about 15 mins after birth.
I felt really stupid after that, but I realize that I did the best I could with no direction. So I feel like this: at least I did something, ya know??
Advice?? Get along with your preceptor!
Get along with everyone, and don't be afraid to ask. If you have techs, be extra friendly to them. THey can literally save your butt in sticky situations. Plus, if you're nice to them, they will be more likely to help you keep your inexperienced butt out of trouble.