Originally posted by Susy K:
<STRONG>One misnomer that Labor and Delivery carries is that it is all fun and nice, and that the nurses stand around, give pain medication and yell "push." When new nurses enter this area with this attitude, they often leave before orientation is up, especially after a crash C-section, or a fetal demise, or a very high risk delivery and a physician yelling at you to pull the legs back further and apply fundal pressure a certain way....so be prepared for things like this. ]</STRONG>
Couldn't have said it better myself, Susy. Your whole post was DEAD ON, but I particularly appreciated this part.
Nothing grates my nerves more than to hear someone gush, 'oooo!! Your job must be so much FUN!' I have to FIGHT to keep back the claws and litany of swearing I feel compelled to unload on them. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction in this arena than to see some jerk-off nurse who bad mouths L&D nurses all the time for being lazy and 'primadonnas' to come back for a delivery or two and get a BIIIIIIIIIG dose of REALITY. The wide eyed, terrified, oh-sh**-this-isn't-all-fun-and-games look on their faces says it all.
L&D is a great job. I love it. HOWEVER, it is hard, hard work, so please don't go into it thinking it's all warm and fuzzy all the time. You will sweat, run, bend, lift, pull, push, jump on flying beds, and deal with some pretty adrenaline pumping stuff on a regular basis. Of course, nursing is physically trying in and of itself, but L&D, like most critical care areas, is an adrenaline jungle. As in critical care, the doctors, as Susy pointed out, rely HEAVILY on you once they trust you. You must have the ability to think on your feet, make snap medical judgements, and be physically and emotionally prepared for such an intense environment.
It's a wild ride, but if you've got the guts and the desire, come check it out!! We'd love to have you.
Oh, yes, and congratulations on starting school in the fall!! Welcome to nursing!