I personally do not expect a nursing student to know anything in particular. You are there to learn. I think the biggest thing you need to know is what is expected of YOU during this rotation. Nothing frustrates me more than seeing a pack of students just standing around chatting and then when asked are you allowed to do this or that you are met with the "blink blink" face and "I don't know" as a response. It seems for the most part, OB is a watch and learn kind of experience, although I love to get students involved as much as possible with hands on business. It just seems there is no oomph anymore in the attitudes of clinicals anymore and it is sad, and students are more focused on getting in the chart to get information for their case studies than actually experiencing what goes on in real life nursing. Its not their fault, just how the nature of the beast has changed since I was in nursing school
. Sigh...I rant. Forgive me.
Go into your OB clinical with a goal. Think about what you want to get out of it. Know what you can and cannot do. Ask questions, but don't look to be handed answers so you can complete your checklist for the day (always know the halflife of Pitocin). Be involved in patient care. Every nursing student can do vitals and clean up a patient, get water and provide comfort. And a piece of advice that I am not sure everyone will agree with but is important to me....if your patient is close to delivery and you choose to go to lunch, DO NOT ask the nurse to call you so you can come back and see it. If it is important to you to see a delivery, then lunch should be quick and easy like a power bar in the break room, or deferred until after delivery. My pet peeve, may not be anyone elses (but I am sure it is).
Good luck in your rotation. I hope you have a fabulous experience.