How long is your orientation? Do you have a skills checklist to keep track of your progress? How many couplets per nurse? Make sure you are not being cheated out of a proper orientation. If they try to pull you early, say no I need all the time I can get to learn.
I was hired as a new grad and my orientation was 12 weeks. I oriented to each shift. My preceptor first had me focus on assessments, then charting, then admissions, and then discharges; then she slowly let me do everything with her just keeping an eye on me and checking my work.
I was given a skills checklist and though there wasn't always time to keep it updated I looked it over at home and made sure to try anything that I was able to that I hadn't done yet. I would tell anyone "if you need someone straight cathed, need Rhogam, need to give blood, etc please let me tag along or let me do it with my preceptor if you don't mind!" I asked her a lot of questions, I had her walk me through what to do in case of emergencies i.e. hemorrhages, baby turning blue, etc. I took a lot of notes and studied OB books on my own time.
Let her know what you are having a hard time with. Don't worry about being fast. First worry about getting good.
It is hard to get into the pace of things. The most important things are getting your assessments, meds, blood work, and education done.
Make a brain sheet. I make hour marks i.e. 11pm-antibiotic due, 00am-PKU needs to be done, and so on and I cross it off as I go to keep me on track. Our ratios are not the best, sometimes I have things late. If anyone says anything I tell them I could do better if I either had more hands, or if we had less patients per nurse. Many times I read on here ratios are 1 to 3-4 couplets, oh if only we had that standard!