Student- Handling first surgery - page 2

Hi there! I am a nursing student going into my OB clinical rotation. I am very nervous for many reasons... 1) I don't have kids yet and 2) we are likely to see a vaginal delivery and/or C-section.... Read More

  1. by   Kooky Korky
    Quote from smf0903
    Well, I must have been lucky to be up close and involved when we did L&D. The hospital I was at was about 50/50 OB/Gyn and midwives. The mom we had laboring was using a midwife and with the mom's permission, I was right up there holding a leg back for her while she was pushing.

    Other people have great advice already. The only thing I would add is if you start to feel a little funky, just excuse yourself and step out of the room. You wouldn't be the first and certainly not the last to get woozy! Good luck
    If you are holding a leg or whatever, don't drop it. Make your situation known quickly, loud and clear, so someone can relieve you right away, to prevent any harm to the patient, like throwing up in the wound or whatever.
  2. by   marlena.erika
    Quote from BSNAW
    Hi there!

    I am a nursing student going into my OB clinical rotation. I am very nervous for many reasons... 1) I don't have kids yet and 2) we are likely to see a vaginal delivery and/or C-section. I have never had the opportunity to observe any kind of surgery and I am terrified at the possibility of passing out! Honestly even the thought of seeing a live vaginal delivery scares me! I don't have any issues seeing blood or doing things like IV's and such with needles. I have seen a few procedures like a bone marrow biopsy but nothing that was an actual surgery. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had some advice for me??? I know to eat a good breakfast before clinical but is there any other tips/tricks you may have? Thanks in advanced!

    - A terrified nursing student
    Take some ant-nausea drugs before going in!!!
  3. by   Simplistic
    Quote from marlena.erika
    Take some ant-nausea drugs before going in!!!
    Antiemetics*
  4. by   Coffee Nurse
    Quote from marlena.erika
    Take some ant-nausea drugs before going in!!!
    I don't see any reason to jump straight to drugs when OP has no idea whether or not she'll even be bothered once she gets in there.
  5. by   Apple-Core
    I would gently suggest trying to alter your mindset, if at all possible. I was present at a live, natural, homebirth. I was probably 12" from the vagina. And, honestly - it was one of the most beautiful and powerful things I have ever witnessed.
  6. by   marlena.erika
    [QUOTE=Coffee Nurse;9502621]I don't see any reason to jump straight to drugs when OP has no idea whether or not she'll even be bothered once she gets in there.[/QUOT!


    That's true
    Last edit by marlena.erika on Jul 10, '17
  7. by   marlena.erika
    Quote from Simplistic
    Antiemetics*

    Sigh!!!
  8. by   BSNAW
    Thanks for all the suggestions! The first poster was right, I was totally in my own head. I had absolutely no problems in L&D. In fact, I came out thinking how amazing it was. I will admit, during my first one, I was so nervous. Once I got that done and over with, I was ready to see as much as possible! It was the best clinical I've had so far! I got to do and see so much! Unfortunately, during my med surg clinical, I didn't really have the opportunity to see any surgeries only a few minor procedures. One of my fellow students was able to see a BKA! :0 I am not usually squeamish, but I also had not observed a surgery until now. I was just unsure how I was going to handle it and didn't want to be THAT girl that passed out lol

    I did make sure to eat a good breakfast, exercise and I brought plenty of little healthy snacks that I could stuff in my pockets.

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