Wow it's been so long since I have been on this site! So great to be back!!
Last time I was on here, I was a new grad looking forward to working but really bummed out that I could not find a position. Fast forward 2 years and 8 months later, I have now been working on a bone marrow transplant / adult oncology unit. I have definitely gained so much experience and wisdom while working there, but have come realize that it is not the specialty for me. In about a week, I will be starting a new position on the Labor and delivery unit in the same hospital.
Now, I have the utmost confidence in myself, but as anyone else would feel, I am terrified to start and can really feel the anxiety rolling in!! Also I am really sad about my last few days on my unit. I know it is a completely different specialty with so much to learn! I will be caring for a different population of patients, ie mother & baby, learning new terminology and new equipment, a full range of assessments to be done and critical situations to learn now to deal with.
I am writing to all Labor and delivery nurses out there for some support and guidance, and even some tips on working on this unit. Also, I want to buy some textbooks to help prepare myself. Any recommendations??
I thank you all in advance! This forum is the best! <3 paulene