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 need some advice
Hi, I have been in L&D 3 years. I went straight into it from graduation. The tips and advice I can give is pretty basic but....
NEVER be afraid to ask questions. You are dealing with 2 lives.
NEVER think you know it all, you don't. There is always something new to learn and someone that has been through it.
Be confident in the skills you feel good about, refine the ones you don't.
Not all deliveries are storybook and perfect..some are difficult, sad, stressful.
L&D is not just holding babies, it can be exhausting (like all nursing) but it is worth it.
Use the physicians...seek their expertise and ask questions to them too.
Try to understand the physiology behind your fetal heart monitor strip and what is happening to the baby, not just "what to do when this or that happens"
You will make some kind of a mistake (or two), accept it, learn from it and move on.
Congrats and Good Luck!