New nurse in Labor and Delivery - page 3

So I am a new nurse.. just took and passed my boards and I got hired in Labor and Delivery. I wanted to know if anyone has any advice to avoid pit falls or common mistakes. Im nervous and... Read More

  1. by   CrazyMommy
    Jeanster, I had always wanted to work in L&D, even before starting nursing school. Then when I had my interviews for L&D it just didn't work, they didn't want me. I started in ICU and learned SO much, I am kinda glad I did. You could start Med/Surg and later cross-train in L&D!?
  2. by   dscrn
    Quote from GivingLove
    I dont mean to sound immature or gross, but how does working in LD work when there is a woman that is stinky down there or has std's? Id love to bring a baby into the world but I dont know how id handle that stuff.
    A quick shower, if there is time...peri-care...STD/s you just deal with...
  3. by   mekka
    Hi Emily, I am a nurse with 2.5 years of experience on a tele floor and I have accepted a position in L&D. I also feel I got the job for several reasons like being bilingual, being involved and in school. I'll be transferring soon. Any suggestions for me?
  4. by   mgmay
    Hello. Im also a recently new nurse to L&D. I too was a transfer from a telemetry floor. It was a hard the first 2 weeks. I felt so completely out of my comfort level. I worked on tele for 4 years and just then started to feel more confident in my work but when I transferred it was hard to let go of my autonomy and just take one day at a time. I had to put tele out of mind and focus 100% on learning OB. Once I finally succumb to bring a new student all over again it got easier. And now I've got to say Im enjoying my job that much more...I know I will always have my tele/medical knowledge which I know will be come in handy in the future with my OB patients. Don't know if this will help but I thought I would share:-)
  5. by   Shanny246
    Those who got hired in L&D right out of school, where did you get hired?
  6. by   Katie71275
    I'm a new grad and will be starting in L&D. I'm in Louisiana and will be working in a teaching hospital.
  7. by   Shanny246
    which hospital are you at? women's?
  8. by   NBSAlvarez
    Thanks for posting this. Although, this wasn't meant for me but it was helpful. I just started in Jan 2013 and I feel like I went to nursing school for nothing. It is very nerve wrecking because like you said, you have patients lives to deal with. I want to do right by my patients.
  9. by   kimanisinglet
    Hi! I'm like you too. Not a new grad but starting new in L&D soon. So nervous!!!!😓 but excited at the same time. Haven't worked nights in so long, but I'm ready for the opportunity. I think we just have to remember to be patient with ourselves and to ask questions.
  10. by   trowe24
    What hospital? Are you still there?
  11. by   trowe24
    Quote from Katie71275
    I'm a new grad and will be starting in L&D. I'm in Louisiana and will be working in a teaching hospital.
    What hospital? Are you still there?
  12. by   OBNurseIzzyyyy
    I am a new grad just got hired in L&D. I must add I was a medical assistant in an OBGYN office for a few years and then an OB Surgical Tech before nursing school. I do believe this helped in them hiring me as a new grad. I'm in CA