It is scary, especially now a days when we nurses tend to feel simply bodies to staff. Take your time and tell them you will not be counted as staff when you are orienting. You have to speak up.
It takes a long time and, as someone who has been in delivery for 13 years, I can tell you if you EVER feel comfortable you don't belong there. A wonderful, since retired nurse, once told me that.
Here are some of the things she told me that I then considered nutty, but have since learned, are so...
Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
Long legged women tend to deliver quickly. (No, I have no idea why.)
Red headed women tend to have pp hemorrhages (don't ask)
Gossamer cervixes (thin thread like cervix) is a relatively quick delivery for sure, even if the patient is barely dialated.
Those teenagers go quickly.
EVEN if you just checked someone and they are two cms, turn around, walk to the desk and she says she has to push PREPARE TO CATCH!
If someone cannot give or refuses to give a urine sample, she may be positive for cocaine or some other substance
Treat EVERY patient with respect, even if you disagree with their livestyle. You will be rewarded for it.
Someone who won't open their legs for an exam is someone you should suspect a history of sexual abuse.
I know it isn't easy, especially these days with the staffing situation. Nurses can be theri own worst enemies. If someone is impatient with you, gently remind them they were once new to it all too.
Need some encouragement, please feel free to email me at MoCrownRN@hotmail.com
Take care and hang in there. We were all new and nervous . I am STILL nervous when I walk through those doors. I hope I always am. Keeps me on my toes...