I'm currently in my OB rotation for clinicals and lecture. The first two days of clinical I was in L&D and I had an awesome experience (witnessed a couple deliveries, worked with the fetal monitor, started foleys/IVs). The apprehension and disinterest that preceded going into the semester started to fade and I was beginning to really enjoy the clincal experience.
That's why yesterday hit me by surprise. I was in the post-partum unit and the nurse I was assigned to was SO awkward about everything. She didn't want me to check the fundus (with or without her being in the room), she didn't feel I should be in the room while she gave an IM injection of Depo in the upper thigh (which I'm more than capable of doing), and she even excused me from the room when teaching the patient discharge instructions (like lochia color, amount, etc.).
This frustrates me even more knowing that I've been working as a nurse tech for 6 months now while in school and I give female clients baths, and insert caths almost every shift.
I understand that this was only one day, and the only thing that's been damaged is my pride and ego, but its hard not to feel embarassed/belittled by the situation.
If anything, this is just a rant like most posts on here and I'll be appreciative of even one comment! =-)
Sorry to hear about your clinical. At least look at the positive side, you were able to view deliveries. I was not allowed to do ANYTHING except bottle feed in post-partum. It is a shame because for some strange reason, women's health and OB is what I excel at. Hang in there and just remember some day when you have a student, Treat them well...
Last edit by LIG RN on Feb 11, '11
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