I am also new to nursing. I currently work in the ER, oncology, and postpartum. I agree with everyone...we just need to give ourselves time to figure things out! Every new specialty brings different challenges and learning experiences! I have really just been trying to take it one shift at a time!
I struggle in oncology with the emotional side of things and also with the complexity of the patients. It can be a very stressful/emotionally-exhausting day...but, also very rewarding! I find I have a lot to learn in this area and the patients teach me something new every day!
Postpartum can be very busy! A LOT of time is spent assessing and teaching everything from self-care to baby care to breastfeeding. It can be a very rewarding job...there's something very special about working with brand new babies and teaching new parents about caring for their baby! I also find it less physically demanding than oncology and the ER.
However, I often come home feeling more drained than I do coming home from the ER, which seems counterintuitive to me sometimes! xtxrn is right...postpartum is either good or its bad! On a good day, my moms and babies are generally well (maybe some jaundice or difficulty breastfeeding) and I spend my time teaching them what they need to know. On a bad day, I've got O2 sats in the tank, grunty/moany babies, poor feeders, or moms with any plethora of physical problems (BPs, bleeding...)!
There are two things I find stressful in postpartum. #1 How quickly a baby can change. #2 This is a delicate time in people's lives and this baby is the most important thing to everyone in that family...and if something is not going according to plan it can be very difficult to deal with.
I agree with others...if you really enjoy oncology, keep at it! Over time you'll become more comfortable with it!
that is what I keep telling myself too! Learn something new every day