Maternal/newborn experiences

  1. Hi all. I am a junior nursing student working on a class project for a Maternal/Newborn nursing class. Please share any of your personal experiences or words of wisdom from your clinical experiences. Do all students get exposure to L&D, OB, NICU, etc? Any information you share is greatly appreciated!
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  3. by   hllybenn
    In my program (graduated 1.5 years ago) we got exposure to L&D, Post Partum, Nursery, Prenatal/antepartum and the NICU. I went to an accelerated BSN program (for 2nd degree students).

    The more interesting thing to me is that some schools do not have a maternity rotation. There are several schools in our area that does not do them.
  4. by   HappyNurse2005
    Do all students get exposure to L&D, OB, NICU, etc? Any information you share is greatly appreciated!
    my ADN school does. I saw some interesting things in L&D- delivery of a 26w infant, weighing 1pound, 8 ounces.
    NICU we didnt go into, but we saw postpartum and healthy newborn nursery.
  5. by   jenrninmi
    I'm in a BSN program and we had experiences in L & D where I saw several vaginal births, I also was in on a cesarean birth. We were also in the nursery, NICU and postpartum
  6. by   BCA4478
    First, I would like to thank all of you who replied to my original posting.
    Second, I would like to know if anyone out there has decided that maternal/newborn nursing is the field that they would like to work in upon graduating. If so, was there a particular experience that you had that brought you to this decision or have you always wanted to work in this area?
  7. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from BCA4478
    First, I would like to thank all of you who replied to my original posting.
    Second, I would like to know if anyone out there has decided that maternal/newborn nursing is the field that they would like to work in upon graduating. If so, was there a particular experience that you had that brought you to this decision or have you always wanted to work in this area?
    I am, and it's what I have always wanted to do - why I went to nursing school in the first place.
  8. by   manna
    We have L&D/PP/nursery/NICU rotations as well. So far, I've only witnessed one birth - twins both delivered vag at 36 weeks! Amazing! Hope to see more, and so far am really interested in this field of nursing. Also spent some time in the well baby nursery during peds (our maternal-child clinicals are this semester, so we're still getting our time in - alternating between that and med surg II/chronic health).

    Time will tell though... I've got plenty of time left to decide.
  9. by   klone
    Quote from BCA4478
    First, I would like to thank all of you who replied to my original posting.
    Second, I would like to know if anyone out there has decided that maternal/newborn nursing is the field that they would like to work in upon graduating. If so, was there a particular experience that you had that brought you to this decision or have you always wanted to work in this area?
    Working with moms/babies is why I went into nursing school. Initially I wanted to become "just" a lactation consultant, but that interest has extended to all facets of maternal/child and reproductive health.

    I don't do my OB rotation until next semester, but I'm already good friends with the OB instructor at our school and she's well aware of my interest.
  10. by   mitchsmom
    Quote from klone
    Working with moms/babies is why I went into nursing school. Initially I wanted to become "just" a lactation consultant, but that interest has extended to all facets of maternal/child and reproductive health.

    I don't do my OB rotation until next semester, but I'm already good friends with the OB instructor at our school and she's well aware of my interest.
    Ditto
    My program goes to about 5 or 6 different areas of OB (triage, ante-, intra-, postpartum, NICU, etc.)
  11. by   CNM-to-be
    Quote from klone
    Working with moms/babies is why I went into nursing school. Initially I wanted to become "just" a lactation consultant, but that interest has extended to all facets of maternal/child and reproductive health.

    I don't do my OB rotation until next semester, but I'm already good friends with the OB instructor at our school and she's well aware of my interest.
    I'm in the same boat, too. The whole reason I'm even pursuing my RN is b/c I want to work c moms and babies. I jokingly say when I grow up I want to be a midwife :chuckle I haven't done my OB/Peds rotation yet...I'll get to that either this summer or next fall. I have a lot of experience c birthing moms so I'm almost positive they'll put me in the fast summer course. After I finish up my ADN its on to my BSN and then (keeping fingers crossed) into midwifery school. I'm so excited I can hardly wait!!
  12. by   Daye
    Quote from BCA4478
    First, I would like to thank all of you who replied to my original posting.
    Second, I would like to know if anyone out there has decided that maternal/newborn nursing is the field that they would like to work in upon graduating. If so, was there a particular experience that you had that brought you to this decision or have you always wanted to work in this area?
    I have hopes and dreams of working in maternal/newborn nursing as of right now. I haven't experienced a sad; death or stillborn situation and don't know how well I will be able to handle that aspect however. For me personally though I cannot imagine anyting more rewarding than newborn care. A lot of responsibility and a very attentive, and alert conscience all the time.
  13. by   ndsweetheart
    Quote from BCA4478
    First, I would like to thank all of you who replied to my original posting.
    Second, I would like to know if anyone out there has decided that maternal/newborn nursing is the field that they would like to work in upon graduating. If so, was there a particular experience that you had that brought you to this decision or have you always wanted to work in this area?
    My school also has an OB/GYN rotation. We are required to attend at least one birth from beginning to end. We do clinicals on the L&D unit, NICU, nursery and GYN surgical. The hospital that my school is affiliated with has a Birthing Unit. The nurse on this unit takes care of the woman from the minute she admits to the floor until she is discharged. Most of the babies room in as well. The mother labors, delivers, and recovers in the same room.
    I am in a standard BSN program and will graduate in May. I too began nursing school with the intent on doing L&D nursing. I actually delivered my first child 6 weeks after finishing my L&D rotation, (summer after junior year). It was the most amazing experience of my life. It was at that point that I knew that L&D was for sure what I wanted to do. I have secured a job on the L&D unit at my hospital and will begin work in June upon graduation. I am so excited! This is where my passion is!
    I plan to work for a year or two and apply to midwifery school.
  14. by   Daye
    Quote from ndsweetheart
    My school also has an OB/GYN rotation. We are required to attend at least one birth from beginning to end. We do clinicals on the L&D unit, NICU, nursery and GYN surgical. The hospital that my school is affiliated with has a Birthing Unit. The nurse on this unit takes care of the woman from the minute she admits to the floor until she is discharged. Most of the babies room in as well. The mother labors, delivers, and recovers in the same room.
    I am in a standard BSN program and will graduate in May. I too began nursing school with the intent on doing L&D nursing. I actually delivered my first child 6 weeks after finishing my L&D rotation, (summer after junior year). It was the most amazing experience of my life. It was at that point that I knew that L&D was for sure what I wanted to do. I have secured a job on the L&D unit at my hospital and will begin work in June upon graduation. I am so excited! This is where my passion is!
    I plan to work for a year or two and apply to midwifery school.
    Congratulations on doing well in school and landing a job right after graduation. That's cool. I hope I can do as well when the time comes...May '06.
    When I started in the RN program I was so surprised about how few people, especially the instructors, wanted to be in this area of practice. I just love it.
    My clinical rotations are similar to yours, we have 2 L&D rotations, 2 PP rotations but only 1 neonate nursery, and 1 pedicatric. There is not a NICU at this hospital. I have gone through a PP. Granted it was slower than the med-surg floor/rotation but i consider that due in part to being a student and not having the liberty to accelerate my help among the staff.
    Best of luck .
    Daye

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