New OB Nurses, Grads and Students, Please Feel Free to post your questions here: - page 9

Mugwump had a great idea offering services to new grads as a mentor (thank you for that!) So, I thought having a "sticky" for new grads, OB nurses, students, and others with questions who want... Read More

  1. by   khine2mn80
    Quote from LauraLou
    I work as a nurse tech on a postpartum floor. We have a lot of pts from other countries. Many of them have different ideas about postpartum care, such as not bathing, not getting out of bed, not caring for their infant except to feed.

    Do I respect their beliefs and let them to stay in bed, etc. or do I try to make them conform to the plan of care? We are taught to respect cultural diversity but what if that diversity puts pts at risk for DVT or infection?

    Some nurses force the pts to ambulate, bathe and demonstrate infant care, while others allow the pts to do whatever they want. I am not sure which approach is correct.

    Thanks for your help!

    well i have the same thing in my ward. i m in singapore n mostly chinese people have all sorts of belief n stuff..cant bathe cant drink cold water cant eat this n that...etc...its so interesting on the other hand i have patients from the west where they do stuff totally different from these ppl....but we do respect every individual's concept of pp care....most impt thing is to priotise what is important. for me i will tell those who says they cant bathe, at least to wash their perineum properly n sponge themselves with a towel or so....

    dvt n their culture diversity?? just imagine would u risk it?? dont cos when the problem arise, u have to do what ur knowledge tells u to in the best interest of ur patients well being...remember ur ethics...so get them on their feet...with a good explanation in terms they could digest...
  2. by   khine2mn80
    hi

    could anyone help me clarify the settings for post natal wards in the states. from where im working currently that is in asia, we have seperate wards for laubour N Delivery. post partum unit is together with the nursery and nurses who work in L N D will not work in pp care unit. pp care unit nurses take care of caesareans, antenatals, post natals n pph cases n rotate in n out of nursery...

    1) could you tell me how it works there in the states cos i m a lil confused from just reading some of the threads..

    2) if ur not a midwife rn could u still work in L N D and pp units?? I'D LOVE TO KNOW THAT COS I LOVE WORKING IN POST NATAL CARE OR L N D if i get to the states.

    3) if i had no experience in labour n delivery but had experience in post natal ward, could i still apply for the post n what would be my chances

    thanks a million
    ____________________________________
    LIFE IS A MIRROR....EVERY GOOD N BAD DEED COMES BACK AT YOU...ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME
  3. by   nancimarie
    You don't have to be a midwife to work in labor and delivery.
    I do both, one night I have labor and the next night I have moms and babies and we all help out with everything. It's good that you have postpartum experience, apply for a position with both. We have a small unit, and all on one floor, only 5 birthing rooms and 3 postpartum rooms for moms with c-sections. I would love to work in a bigger hospital one day.



    Quote from khine2mn80
    hi

    could anyone help me clarify the settings for post natal wards in the states. from where im working currently that is in asia, we have seperate wards for laubour N Delivery. post partum unit is together with the nursery and nurses who work in L N D will not work in pp care unit. pp care unit nurses take care of caesareans, antenatals, post natals n pph cases n rotate in n out of nursery...

    1) could you tell me how it works there in the states cos i m a lil confused from just reading some of the threads..

    2) if ur not a midwife rn could u still work in L N D and pp units?? I'D LOVE TO KNOW THAT COS I LOVE WORKING IN POST NATAL CARE OR L N D if i get to the states.

    3) if i had no experience in labour n delivery but had experience in post natal ward, could i still apply for the post n what would be my chances

    thanks a million
    ____________________________________
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from khine2mn80
    hi

    could anyone help me clarify the settings for post natal wards in the states. from where im working currently that is in asia, we have seperate wards for laubour N Delivery. post partum unit is together with the nursery and nurses who work in L N D will not work in pp care unit. pp care unit nurses take care of caesareans, antenatals, post natals n pph cases n rotate in n out of nursery...

    1) could you tell me how it works there in the states cos i m a lil confused from just reading some of the threads..

    2) if ur not a midwife rn could u still work in L N D and pp units?? I'D LOVE TO KNOW THAT COS I LOVE WORKING IN POST NATAL CARE OR L N D if i get to the states.

    3) if i had no experience in labour n delivery but had experience in post natal ward, could i still apply for the post n what would be my chances

    thanks a million
    ____________________________________
    My advice is you try to get a job in postpartum or Mother-Baby---or well baby nursery---- first. Try for a larger hospital (fewer opportunities exist at smaller community hospitals)--- and see what openings exist in those units. You can always get into L/D later, if that is your dream. And in the USA, you only need an LPN (licensed practical nurse) or RN (registered nurse) credential to work in most PP/MBU's. Most hire only RN's, but there are units hiring LPN's too.


    For a comprehensive list of US hospitals and their websites, you may visit:

    www.hospitalsoup.com

    Good luck!
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from DH_ RN
    I have been a Med/Surg RN for 2 years. When I first grad from nursing school I wanted to jump right into Women's Health, but everywhere I applied wanted exp RNs. Now 2 years later I am applying/interviewing at several different hospitals. How is transitioning from Med/Surg to OB? Can you gie me any additional advice?
    I personally have found Med-Surg nurses do SPECTACULAR in OB. Their varied experience in acute care situations is invaluable. The transisition won't be easy; don't be fooled. But if you are motivated, you will make it very smoothly and do quite well! Best of luck.
  6. by   ICME_06
    Hello all. Let me provide a little backgroud info. I will be starting my 2nd year of an ADN program in the fall (love nursing school and yes, I am a nerd). My catalyst for entry into the nursing profession was the wonderful nursing staff I had when I gave birth to my first child. I knew that I wanted to work in OB, more specifically L&D/PP, someday. However, this past semester we had an OR observation day and unexpectedly, I REALLY enjoyed it. It also sparked an interest in anesthesia as well. I have just been hired as an extern in a cardiothoracic ICU. (I have not actually worked yet; still waiting on orientation, but that's neither here nor there). The draw, for me, to these particular fields is the ability to give my entire focus to one or two patients (just an aside, GOD in heaven bless ALL med-surg RNs). Well, that and I think birth is the closest thing to touching the divine we have on here on earth.
    I am rambling...I apologize.
    Anyhoooo, because my interest is so strong in those different areas I would like to try a little of everything to make sure I am not missing out on my niche. Now for the question...do you think it would it be easier to transition from a job in ICU/possibly OR to OB, or from OB to ICU? I just want to make sure I keep all of my doors open. Thank you in advance for any feedback. Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.

    Tara
  7. by   khine2mn80
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    My advice is you try to get a job in postpartum or Mother-Baby---or well baby nursery---- first. Try for a larger hospital (fewer opportunities exist at smaller community hospitals)--- and see what openings exist in those units. You can always get into L/D later, if that is your dream. And in the USA, you only need an LPN (licensed practical nurse) or RN (registered nurse) credential to work in most PP/MBU's. Most hire only RN's, but there are units hiring LPN's too.


    For a comprehensive list of US hospitals and their websites, you may visit:

    www.hospitalsoup.com

    Good luck!
    thank you ...ur great
  8. by   cookie78
    I am a new grad as of yesterday Yeah me! Anyway I have job offer for both labor and delivery and er and I cannot decide what to do. There are some other influencing factors such as the er job is at my current hospital where I work as a secretary and is just down the street from my house and it is pm shift, but it is a small er with no trauma etc. (something I am interested in) while I know that this is a good stepping stone to finding a trauma job in the future. The L and D job is about 15 miles from my apartment, I have to cross a bridge and pay either 3-5 $ toll each day and it is night shift... but I had a senior preceptorship in L and D so I know it is something I like and it will be an amazing wonderful training program unlike the er which is a little loose on their training program. In one way I feel like the er job is convenient, and I know the computer system, and I am young and this is the time to do it, but on the other I feel like this is one of the best L and D training programs out there and I could use a change of scenery and would enjoy meeting new people. I also have no direct experience in er and so do not know if it is really for me. These are the two areas I have always had an interest in and I never expected to get both opportunities at one time. Any ideas on how to help make my decision? I am a very flexible person who does not make very many enemies and am generally able to find something I love about every place I have been throughout my clinicals, so in some ways I feel that I will be happy either place because it is my choice to do so, but I can't help but feeling that I will leave a good opportunity behind either way. Let me know what you think thanks!
  9. by   mugwump
    Sounds like you KNOW you want to do L&D and you might want ER. I think that right there answers your question. Do what your heart loves now not what you think you might want sometime. You can go anywhere with Eoher L&D or ER experience, but if it is a higher level OB that will take you farther. Than a lower level ER without a trauma center. My advice only
  10. by   cydney7
    Hi all. I've been reading some of your posts and have already discovered some great new information. I have an interview this Thursday on an L & D floor at one of the hospitals here. It is supposed to be a really good floor, very high patient satisfaction, and so on. I've been working in the NICU since February (before that I did med-surg) and am pretty miserable there. Anyway, to get to my question: if I get hired for this job, how long do you think it will take for me to feel confident? I know that's probably a silly question, but I want your opinion. I just don't want to be a "job-hopper" and then end up hating it. I enjoyed the L & D clinicals I had in school........it was all so amazing to me........
    I guess I'm just feeling nervous about the interview. I just want to be good at my job..........most of all, I want to be happy in my job, you know? Thanks for any info you can offer..........

    :uhoh21:
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    NO silly questions ever!! Please feel free to ask whatever comes to your mind. Welcome to the boards, Cyd.

    It took me about 2 years' fulltime work in OB to feel at all close to "competent". It varies. You may be there sooner, but allow at least a full year to feel really any sort of confidence.

    I wish you the best in your new career! Please feel free to ask anything that comes up. Always glad to mentor a New OB/GYN nurse!
  12. by   new_mom2005
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    NO silly questions ever!! Please feel free to ask whatever comes to your mind. Welcome to the boards, Cyd.

    It took me about 2 years' fulltime work in OB to feel at all close to "competent". It varies. You may be there sooner, but allow at least a full year to feel really any sort of confidence.

    I wish you the best in your new career! Please feel free to ask anything that comes up. Always glad to mentor a New OB/GYN nurse!
    Thank you
    SmilingBluEyes
  13. by   new_mom2005
    Quote from NurseCyd
    Hi all. I've been reading some of your posts and have already discovered some great new information. I have an interview this Thursday on an L & D floor at one of the hospitals here. It is supposed to be a really good floor, very high patient satisfaction, and so on. I've been working in the NICU since February (before that I did med-surg) and am pretty miserable there. Anyway, to get to my question: if I get hired for this job, how long do you think it will take for me to feel confident? I know that's probably a silly question, but I want your opinion. I just don't want to be a "job-hopper" and then end up hating it. I enjoyed the L & D clinicals I had in school........it was all so amazing to me........
    I guess I'm just feeling nervous about the interview. I just want to be good at my job..........most of all, I want to be happy in my job, you know? Thanks for any info you can offer..........

    :uhoh21:
    I cant help you with your question cause i am not employed yet, but GOOD LUCK with your interview!!!!!!!!!!!! tell us how it turns out

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