I Hate Pp! - page 2

In case I wasn't clear enough, I hast Postpartum!!! I'm considered an intern for my new position in L&D, and it requires 4 weeks of training in postpartum. I HATE POSTPARTUM! It's like an evil... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    teaching should not be all done in PP. if it is,then the L and D nurses are not doing their jobs. I begin teaching with my FIRST Patient contact, all thru labor and into recovery. A HUGE part of the "list" is covered, at least partly, by the time 2 hours have gone by and they are considered "postpartum". Every contact with my patients is a teaching moment or two, and I do mean every one, unless they are ASLEEP.
  2. by   BabyRN2Be
    While I expect to work PP one day, I'd like to do it (as well as Newborn Nursery) just to get to know what "normal" is before I go on to NICU. I hope I don't have to do it for too long because I'm like you, I LOVE the action, my first love is L&D, and critical care would be very interesting.

    Garden variety PP would probably drive me nuts!

    Don't worry, hang in there. This too will end.
  3. by   dawngloves
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    teaching should not be all done in PP. if it is,then the L and D nurses are not doing their jobs. .
    Well I won't argue with you there. When I had my kids no one taught me bull splat. It seemed like it was all done in my first hour on PP. Maybe it was just assumed because I was a nurse I would know everything?
    Even still, you must need a lot of patience to work PP.
  4. by   nekhismom
    I know that it is important to be trained in PP. It's good for my nursing career, and it's good for my patients if I know what to expect. It's just a crappy environment, really. No one is showing me things, no one is helping me, and I don't have a preceptor. All because I'm not going to be part of "their" unit. THey say, "oh, ANOTHER L&D nurse that has to pit-stop through here, " The nurses there don't exactly like having us stop in for 4 weeks then leave. I can see their point, but it doesn't make it easy for me. And I've talked to the manager, so hopefully things will improve. Plus, I've talked to the CNA (tech, pca, etc), and she has agreed to help me learn the ropes a bit since she does a lot of the things that the nurses can do but delegate to her.

    Only 3 more weeks, only 3 more weeks!!! Then on to OB OR. I CAN do this.
  5. by   nekhismom
    Quote from dawngloves
    I thought this post was titled "I hate ppl!" as in people. :imbar
    I was like, "Right on sister! Me too!" :chuckle
    I can see where you're coming from. I'd hate doing PP too. I'm just not a good teacher.
    Oh, that might have been an appropriate title here!

    When I saw that, I just busted out laughing and I was talkin to my mom. She started laughing at me for laughing so hard. It was funny. Thanks for brightening my mood a bit.
  6. by   RNmommy
    Well, differnt strokes for different folks I LOVE postpartum and do not like L&D. Of course I like the MOMENT of birth but everything else about L&D bores me. But I do have to say that it is a good idea for L&D RNs to cross-train in PP because you should be familiar with your policies, expected outcomes, normals and charting BEFORE you have to keep a patient on your side for 8 hours because there are no PP rooms available. We also float L&D RNs to PP when we are short staffed.

    Anyway, my point is that while I'm sure you are passionate about L&D, most PP RNs are passionate about PP. We all choose different paths for different reasons. None is better than the other and thank goodness we all like something different or we'd all be in a world of trouble. Try to keep a positive attitude, your patients can sense your irritation no matter how well you think that you are hididng it. They still deserve to have top-notch care and don't care if "this isn't your regular job". Good luck with your last 3 weeks.
  7. by   nekhismom
    Quote from RNmommy
    Well, differnt strokes for different folks I LOVE postpartum and do not like L&D. Of course I like the MOMENT of birth but everything else about L&D bores me. But I do have to say that it is a good idea for L&D RNs to cross-train in PP because you should be familiar with your policies, expected outcomes, normals and charting BEFORE you have to keep a patient on your side for 8 hours because there are no PP rooms available. We also float L&D RNs to PP when we are short staffed.

    Anyway, my point is that while I'm sure you are passionate about L&D, most PP RNs are passionate about PP. We all choose different paths for different reasons. None is better than the other and thank goodness we all like something different or we'd all be in a world of trouble. Try to keep a positive attitude, your patients can sense your irritation no matter how well you think that you are hididng it. They still deserve to have top-notch care and don't care if "this isn't your regular job". Good luck with your last 3 weeks.

    I give good pt. care. Period. I like my patients. I just don't happen to LOVE the floor, kwim??
  8. by   Hardknox
    Quote from nekhismom
    I give good pt. care. Period. I like my patients. I just don't happen to LOVE the floor, kwim??
    Some of us like a fast paced environment and some of us like the teaching and slower pace of PP. It sounds like you ARE on a "sucky" floor. Now if I was orienting you I think some of my passion for my job would rub off on you. At least I would give you a real orientation and we would also enjoy ourselves. It truly stinks that the tech is going to show you the things the nurses are neglecting to do. Glad I don't work there!!! Give the Nurse Manager an earful. These queens are not doing their job!!!
    :angryfire They give PP nurses a really bad rep!!!
  9. by   mother/babyRN
    I like the variety as well because you can get burned out in just one area. Plus, in the OR, while all and good, you often miss out on the entirety of the patient , their family and the experience. I wouldn't trade that for the world..Hope things work out for you.
  10. by   GiselleRN
    I became a RN because I wanted to be a PP nurse. I really like the teaching aspect of it. However, where I live, they will only hire "experienced" RN's into the birthing centers. My question is, how am I ever going to get experience if no one will give me a chance to prove myself? They keep telling me to go back to Med/Surg to gain more experience but I despise it with a passion. I guess I am just stuck.
  11. by   LauraLou
    I am starting an externship next week in PP. I am so excited!! I felt like dancing down the hospital corridor when they offered it to me!

    I have only done clinicals on an orthopedic Med/Surg floor, so this will be a big change. I really want to make a good impression, so any suggestions or advice you have would be appreciated!

    Thank you!
    Last edit by LauraLou on Apr 27, '04
  12. by   nekhismom
    Be nice, act like a sponge, don't be afraid to ask for help. Oh yeah, and BE NICE to EVERYONE!!! LOL
  13. by   rdhdnrs
    That's the thing I love about nursing....there's something for everyone. I too hate PP...we call it Lochia Patrol!!! but I'm very glad there are those who love it.

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