nursing student question: what are the main challenges faced in OB nursing? - page 2

i am a nursing student working on a school project. a requirement is to discuss a specific nursing topic in a nursing forum. What are some of the main challenges faced in OB nursing? :nurse:... Read More

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    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Some do have a tough transition; some adjust better. It has a lot to do with the various personalities of nurses and doctors, as well as ancilliary staff---and unit cohesiveness ---(or lack of it). On a toxic unit where morale is low, or leadership lacking, everyone has a hard time, most especially new graduates. On healthy units, everyone functions better, and new grads tend to be fostered more and better-taken care of.

    The hardest times in most careers are the first two years. It takes about that long, working full time, to master your specialty, whether it be OB, Med/Surg, ED, or anything else. That is the toughest challenge any new graduate faces; working his or her way into the culture and routines of nursing.

    My advice is try to find a unit where people appear mostly content working there, or have been there long-term. Also, don't be afraid to interview your interviewer, like about nurse-patient ratios etc. If your interviewer is evasive or not forthcoming, chances are, you don't want to work there. If there are LOTS of openings on any given unit, that is also a potential red flag, one to avoid.

    Make up your mind to learn, never be intimidated, and grow. Don't ever pretend to know what you do not; we don't expect you to "come out of the chute" knowing it all----we want you to ask questions and get in there and try hard. Find a mentor nurse, one you admire to emulate and ask questions. There is usually at least ONE of these on any given unit; one who is not a big gossip-monger, but is a hard worker and likes to teach others. You won't regret that. And STAY OUT OF THE GOSSIP grapevine! Really, just do your job and have some fun. Those are my best pieces of advice. Good luck.

    Does that help?
    That is so true! I have worked 2 L&D jobs one was in a toxic unit and one was not. The unit that was toxic had more to do with physician treatment of nurses, but there were also some nurses who were not team players. When I was scheduled to work with them I knew it was going to be a loooooong day. We are preparing to move back to the U.S. in November don't know where yet, the AF has not decided where it needs my hubby. I am going to be very very selective when it comes to finding my next L&D job.

    In addition to interviewing the interviewer see if you can spend a day shadowing to try to get a feel of how everyone works together and the relationship between staff members, providers and nurses.

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    I spent the first 30 some years of my career working in large teaching hospitals. Pregnancy is not a disease and labor is not an illness. Working with interns and resident doctors who have spent a lot of time, effort and money learning how to deal with everything that can go wrong can be difficult. I began to see my mission as teaching the young docs that labor is a normal part of a woman's life and most of the time it goes very well (often better) without a lot of medical intervention.
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    I am currently in nursing school and I found all this information to be incredibly helpful! It is nice to hear all this from others that have had so much experience in the field.

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