Ahh the memories come wafting back to me!
I too went directly into L&D out of nursing school at the busiest community hospital in the city. What an eye opener for a sheltered kid from catholic schools in the suburbs! That was back in 1972.
I had nightmares for months! One so vivid I still remember it almost thirty years later! But I stuck it out, and it did get easier.
Then in 1991 I decided to put my nursing shoes
on again, after an eight year sabbatical raising my kids.
I no longer was interested in L&D. Of course had to "refresh", then got a job on a cardiac step-down 22 bed telemetry unit. Again with the nightmares! I'm there 10 years now.
I will say this. Things changed dramatically on our unit around 1995-96(?). I honestly do not think I would have been able to handle starting out at that point because the pace became so brutal.
Hope you hang in!
[ May 21, 2001: Message edited by: PeggyOhio ]