to those who are bothered by punctuation/spelling
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at one point i dreamed of working L&D. there is just nothing in the world cooler to me than the whole conception, pregnancy, labor and birth of humans. after a while i learned that as a nurse, i was happiest when i dealt with the type of person i want as a patient. and thank god it takes all kinds, because my perfect job isn't someone elses!! i like to have a relationship with my patients (med/surg, L&D, quick patient turnover: not for me). i like my patients to realize how important i am in their care and respect my education and knowledge. this can be many types of nursing. i am touchy-feely--i want to hold your hand and hug you. therefore, the perfect job for me is outpatient oncology. the doctors do NOT get all the credit--they know who we nurses have a large impact in the decisions in their care. plus, in outpatient folks are usually continent and i am a big fan on not cleaning hineys too often (once in a while i don't mind, because i love them so much!).
the reason i am telling you this is because even though i thought i wanted L&D because i am so interested in that, i learned that a woman in labor and her partner do not often behave in the way i want them to! apparently they get cranky and yell and husbands demand we DO SOMETHING when the mommy is hurting. who knew? plus, hospital births are often rushed along with pitocin instead of being the natural beautiful thing i want them to be (maybe i shoulda been a doula). and if a separate unit, the post partum nurse is the one who has to deal mostly with the family after birth. so, the family dynamics of the people you mentioned in your post won't be as prevalent in L&D as they would be in postpartum.
for the record, when i did post partum, the young girls were often too shell shocked to not do what we say, when we were teaching feeding and changing and baby care. but i worked in a very fancy hospital that had celebrities and very rich folks, and they were often the most difficult. i even had one mom say, "you can just change the diapers because once we get home, the nanny is going to be the one to do it." or they wanted to do all the baby care during the day, but they were just so tired at 3am, could i wake them up in a hour to do it?
in all specialties of nursing you will be confronted with the people in society that are not nice and take advantage of the system and do horrible things. and there are always more of them than you thought. but, if you find the right area for you--L&D, med/surg, psych, whatever, you will be able to muscle through those types. i am still not used to it after years of dealing with all types. it is one of the things that makes nursing so stressful. it DOES make us jaded and burnt out. sometimes. you have to give good care to people who seem to not deserve it. hopefully you learn good coping skills and maintain boundaries in such a way that you can keep your heart loving while not letting the crap get to you. it's hard. it's very hard. but you keep trying and yes, the good often does outweigh the bad. sorry to be so long-winded. i think you asked a very thought provoking question. the great thing about nursing is that if you think you will love L&D and you don't---you can always do something else! good luck!