Obstetrics Clinicals SCARE me so much im considering dropping out :( - page 4

by canadiandude 10,975 Views | 40 Comments

I find myself at very stressful point in my life as Ill be starting my LD/OB clinical rotation next semester. The prospect of what ill be asked to do there terrifies me and I wish I could just pass with the theory part. Ive... Read More


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    Quote from RShieldsSN14
    To make things simple, discontinue Nursing school. If you don't have the confidence to perform proficiently and effectively while in Nursing school your wasting your time and your instructors time as well because the "real world" of Nursing is going to eat you alive!

    I'm not trying to come off as a jerk, but it's true! You being a virgin has NOTHING to do with your performance during clinicals. I'm really not sure as to why you brought that up.

    It kinda frightens me to know that there are INDEED people out there entering the world of Nursing simply for a way out or for financial reasons. That simply means TO ME that there are a lot of joe-blows out there treating people whom for (1) doesn't have any passion for the profession and (2) doesn't have a CLUE as to what their doing or what they got themselves into.
    Hey thanks for the advise bro. Gotta say I've been doing my LD clinical for a while now and ... its not as bad as I expected. ALTHOUGH I'm definitely never ever going to work in LD again but its been an interesting learning experience. Just don't see a straight guy working comfortably in such a setting. And doing postpartum assessments is a piece of cake now, no biggie. But on my floor I'm basically the only male nurse. Sure there are male obstetricians but all they do is catch the babies while we nurses need to do labour support and breastfeeding assistance. SO yeah ain't gonna be doing that after this clinical. And SURE maybe I don't really have "passion" for nursing but seriosly after investing so much of my time and resources into it no way I'm backing down. Its just like any other job, gotta learn specific skills and learn to perform them well to earn the paycheck. My grades will never be good enough for med school and with my science prereq courses I'm not settling for lab tech or some health tech job that pays less than $15/hour. Gotta think of the future like. Sure someday I might blame myself for leading myself down this path with no Plan B career but what other choice do I have? Working some deadend office job. NO thanks. I sure envy those rare SUPERNURSES who just get up every morning because they just LOVE their job so much. Maybe that will be me in another 30 years too
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    Quote from canadiandude
    Hey thanks for the advise bro. Gotta say I've been doing my LD clinical for a while now and ... its not as bad as I expected. ALTHOUGH I'm definitely never ever going to work in LD again but its been an interesting learning experience. Just don't see a straight guy working comfortably in such a setting. And doing postpartum assessments is a piece of cake now, no biggie. But on my floor I'm basically the only male nurse. Sure there are male obstetricians but all they do is catch the babies while we nurses need to do labour support and breastfeeding assistance. SO yeah ain't gonna be doing that after this clinical. And SURE maybe I don't really have "passion" for nursing but seriosly after investing so much of my time and resources into it no way I'm backing down. Its just like any other job, gotta learn specific skills and learn to perform them well to earn the paycheck. My grades will never be good enough for med school and with my science prereq courses I'm not settling for lab tech or some health tech job that pays less than $15/hour. Gotta think of the future like. Sure someday I might blame myself for leading myself down this path with no Plan B career but what other choice do I have? Working some deadend office job. NO thanks. I sure envy those rare SUPERNURSES who just get up every morning because they just LOVE their job so much. Maybe that will be me in another 30 years too
    Hopefully things get better though! Nursing is non-stop and your constantly learning! I do, however, DO wish you best! Show those women that we're more than tools! Males have brains too! Lol
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    Im actually enjoying my LAbor and Delivery rotations, even as a guy. It really has erased the stigma of the rotation that I heard about! I saw two vaginal births anda c-section. Pretty awesome day. Plus I got to see a CRNA student, and their preceptor in action and multiple CNM's. Glad I got to see APN's in action. Granted, it is still not my first choice of clinical areas to work in, I still prefer the critcal care setting, but I beleive I could work there if I had too.
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    starting OB/Peds this month, I'm actually looking forward to it. HOpefully i wont get kicked out of any rooms for being a guy.
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    Quote from Tneo8385
    starting OB/Peds this month, I'm actually looking forward to it. HOpefully i wont get kicked out of any rooms for being a guy.
    It all depends on how the nurse you are with presents it. My nurse said "hi my name is blah and this is Sean, he is a student and will be with me today". The other guy in my rotation had a very different experience. His old nurse asked each patient if they wanted a "male student" all said no. My nurse just said it like it was and I saw some deliveries which were awesome. Saw a section while standing at the foot of the operating table. The vag birth I saw I had a birds eye view because I was holding up the girls leg. It was cool....

    However....I am so glad that OB is over with. Not my cup of tea......
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    My mom gave birth to me in front of a whole class of nursing students. She didn't care haha.
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    It will work out dude... just watch out, sometimes after the baby pops out, there's a giant vacuum that sucks unsuspecting nursing students into the uterus. Make sure you have a good grip on something solidly attached to the floor.
    LCinTraining, Gradius, and grownuprosie like this.
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    I'm sorry, BUT...

    One thing is to be scare of what you haven't done and worried about getting it right. It's quite another to submerge yourself in a career that is not your calling just because of financial reasons. Truth be told, it seems to me nursing is just not for you. Having said that, there are many other areas of healthcare that you can prepare for that would match your personality.

    If you are worried about being stuck in a dead-end job the rest of your life... guess what?! If nursing is not truly for you, you will feel that way no matter how much money you make.

    I suggest you look into other healthcare programs that allow you to make decent earnings and make you feel confident and provide the best care to your patients. For example: radiology technologist, surgical technician, or physical therapist. Look at the entire list of programs from your local public university. See what sparks your interest, then do research on where would be the best place for you to obtain the education.

    Trust me... if you don't feel a vocation towards nursing, you can't force it... and it will never come to you. This happened to me in the accounting field for 20 years. Now at my early 40s, I'm following my heart, not my pocket. It has made a world of difference.

    Good luck to you!
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    I think guys can be competent OB/LD nurses, just like I think women can be competent doctors. It just depends
    on their attitude and professionalism. I'd even think a male OB or LD nurse would have a unique opportunity
    to create rapport with the patient's husband or partner, and ease everyone's anxiety.

    I went riding bikes with a big burly dude in my local bike club a few days ago, and found out he was the supervisor
    for an OB/GYN unit for a number of years at a local hospital. Never would have guessed he'd be the type to be excited
    about babies.

    And, P.S. vaginas don't bite, except the ones with teeth.
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    Quote from canadiandude
    Just don't see a straight guy working comfortably in such a setting.

    I would be a midwife in a heartbeat if I thought i cold survive financially, I am very strait, married, have one child and planning another.... this comment is as stupid as the people that think males can't be nurses. Further as a former Lt./driver and career FF I have worked in many situations and drug/cut/ hoisted people out of places most would not dare enter and done it along side women more capable than I. So check yourself when assigning gender roles, it can get u in trouble professionally and socially.

    Off my soap box now.


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