I did OB last semester, and I really enjoyed it. For the most part it was a very happy rotation, the majority of the patients come in, have their baby, and it is a happy time for them and their families. You still do a basic physical assessment, just add fundus, reflexes, and lochia. I asked the nurses if I could accompany them the first day to observe their assessments and feel the fundus so I knew what to look for.
I was a little nervous at first about taking care of the babies. (even though I have had three myself
) But the nursery nurse was very helpful and assisted when we had questions.
Be prepared to do a lot of teaching. I had several opportunities to sit and go through the education packet and work with new moms, and a couple teen moms. (I have a special place in my heart for the teen moms, because I had my first son at 17) It was great to see them go from feeling apprehensive about caring for their babies to diapering and feeding with confidence.
It is a HUGE difference from med/surg, and maybe it was just the days that I was there, but it didn't seem as rushed or as stressed as a med/surg floor.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Be sure to let us know how it went.