Hi all! I've been an RN for 2 years. Got experience working on a nice, acute pediatric floor in downtown New Orleans, recently switched to prn on a peds/postpartum floor at a local suburban hospital...and now am officially training for L&D. It's taken 2 years for me to get my foot in the door and I'm ecstatic, as it's been my dream for as long as I can remember.
My manager has been so nice and encouraging, has really gone out of the way to get me in this position but I was very much warned by almost every nurse I know, that these doctors can be brutal, especially to new people. There was an L&D nurse who left just 2 weeks before me because she couldn't take it, and she had experience in L&D. So I was definately expecting it, but it's hard. The amount of arrogance a few of these docs have, is absurd. I'm not new to nursing, I've had a lot of experience working with doctors but I haven't seen anything like this.
So, my question, what am I to do? I am jumping in feet first really wanting to throw myself into everything I'm learning. I love working with pregnant women and there babies, it just never feels good to continually be treated like crap and so inferior by an MD. I'm usually a quiet person but I really want to start saying something. Why do these docs feel like they can pick and choose who their favorite nurses are and try to get anyone they don't like fired?
Just yesterday I did about 10 NST's in 4-5 hours (the other nurses were taking care of the 4 patients that had delivered by noon) and I had to continually talk to this one doc on the phone in the midst of all that. At the end of the day she told me in the phone, "You know Bridget, my one problem with you today is that it has continually taken you 45 seconds to get to the phone when I called. I'm very disappointed. You really need to work on that!" I was speechless at first but then asked how long she thinks it should have taken me to come from the very end of the hallway to get to the phone? She didn't want to hear it. The other nurses were appalled. I love L&D, but I don't want to be dealing with this crap for years! I know she's testing me, but I shouldn't have to prove myself to her. Maybe my supervisor, my manager, my precepters, yes... but not her. I need help. I love L&D, should I go somewhere else?