anyone ever work as a cna/pct in labor and delivery?

  1. just wondering...i got a new job working full time as a cna over the summer in a labor and delivery unit...ive been a cna for 2 years, but ive only ever worked in a nursing home, so i was wondering what ill be doing at my new job...whatever i do, i bet i will like it a lot better than my current job. i have been working every weekend at this job for 2 years, and i am just exhausted. i have tomorrow and next weekend and thats it before i start my new job, and i am definitely counting down the days
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    About moonbunnie

    Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 136
    Nurse practitioner; from US
    Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience

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  3. by   lunakat
    A classmate of mine is working as a student nurse aide in L&D. Her duties are to set up the sterile delivery tray, help cleanup after a delivery (putting placenta in freezer), restocking room, keeping warmer stocked, comfort measures (ice chips, warm and cold compresses) maybe helping mom to be with restroom (depending on her circumstances such as if she doesn't have ROM.) For her it was really different from Nursing Home. Hopefully it will be similar to what you will do and won't nearly be as exhausting because she doesn't have to turn or lift pts as much ya know?
  4. by   mitchsmom
    Sorry I don't have any feedback for you but I'm curious to hear how it goes when you start - let us hear from you! Good luck, I bet you'll like it
  5. by   AKAKatydid
    Quote from lunakat
    A classmate of mine is working as a student nurse aide in L&D. Her duties are to set up the sterile delivery tray, help cleanup after a delivery (putting placenta in freezer), restocking room, keeping warmer stocked, comfort measures (ice chips, warm and cold compresses) maybe helping mom to be with restroom (depending on her circumstances such as if she doesn't have ROM.) For her it was really different from Nursing Home. Hopefully it will be similar to what you will do and won't nearly be as exhausting because she doesn't have to turn or lift pts as much ya know?
    Kinda OT, but what's with the freezing the placenta?

    Our hospital plays Brahm's Lullaby every time a baby is born. My dad was telling me that he was talking to some of the employees down in the lab at our hospital, and they told him "Yeah, when everyone hears the lullaby they say awww a baby, but when we hear it, we say ohhh boy here comes another placenta!" :chuckle

    What exactly do they do with that placenta? See if you can find out while you're up there moonbunnie, i'd be interested to know!
  6. by   moonbunnie
    Thanks guys, i have my orientation in 2 weeks, and ill let you know how it goes. im sure that im gonna learn a lot. i never thought labor and delivery would be an area i was interested in before nursing school, but i just love my mother baby class, and i think this job will be a lot of fun. more in 2 weeks

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