Hate this OB/PEDS rotation!!!

  1. When I tell people (classmates and friends) that I really hate this rotation, I just get this "Ohhh, you don't like kids", reaction from them. I feel bad at that point for even voicing my frustration because then I feel the need to explain that I don't hate kids (got three lovebugs of my own), I just hate being around children who are hurting and in obvious distress. Last week one of the children was screaming his head off because of a blood draw and I just thought "Thank goodness I don't have to be in there with them". My spirit weeps on the inside, sadness pervades my entire day when I'm on the floor . I intellectually realize that these children need care and that without the skilled assisstance and interventions that nurses provide, they wouldn't get better. But emotionally, it's wracking me to be there. All I can say is that I can't wait for the end of this rotation to come (it won't come soon enough), and thank God there are great OB/PEDS nurses out there who love doing their job. I've found a higher level of respect for the nurses who can effectively do their job without it decimating their spirits :angel2: .

    I guess one good thing about this rotation is that I categorically know that I won't be pursuing OB/PEDS as a specialty.
    Thanks for letting me whine.
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  3. by   jamonit
    i promise you can get through it. keep in mind that you're not going to enjoy a good portion of your clinicals--just hang in there. i hated my peds/ob rotation and now i'm working in a PICU. haha. but i do know i would never enjoy working in L & D (more power to those who do! xo)
    these rotations are more about endurance...you have to just buckle down and click the hours away one at a time. maybe you'll absolutely love your next rotation. just do your best to stay positive. keep a calendar and write in it by days how many are left. go home and cross them through one by one as you get them done...it'll feel cathartic.


    seriously though, you can do it.
  4. by   PurrRN
    Thanks for the kind words. I'm just taking it one clinical at a time. I just feel like the odd man, "woman", out so to speak, because I dread it so much.
  5. by   suzy253
    I didn't like my OB/Peds clinicals either. Just didn't click with me. Plus I had a horrible clinical instructor. You'll be finished soon enough. Hang in there! You're not alone.
  6. by   WDWpixieRN
    We don't do an actual OB rotation; not sure how time we'll spend in peds (a later semester), but I am dreading it somewhat for the reasons you pointed out...I am very interested in learning more about NICU, but to have to watch a child who's so very aware and afraid and can verbalize that fear is something I'm not sure I could endure for very long....and yes, bravo to those who can....as for OB; been there, done that (have three of my own), and I'm not sure I have any great interest there either...and I am ABSOLUTELY PETRIFIED of doing a psych rotation -- ugh!!

    Hang in there!!
  7. by   BeccaznRN
    I also thought that I would hate my OB/peds rotation. Well, I was half right......HATED peds, but loved OB. I was slated to take a job as an ICU nurse, but ended up on a L&D unit and I am loving it! Of course, it's making me kind of scared to have children of my own!!!!
  8. by   llg
    I think it's important to pay attention to how you feel about each rotation -- not only how you feel, but WHY you feel that way. Thinking about these things as you go through school and discussing them with your classmates and/or here can help you gain insight into yourself as a nurse. That insight can help you grow as a nurse and also help you make career decisions that you will be happy with.

    Good thread.
  9. by   traumaRUs
    That's why its nice that there are so many opportunities for nurses. I worked in a large ER for 10 years because I knew I would be bored if I had to sit still for a long time and I didn't want a long term relationship with patients. I didn't mind caring for ANYONE as long as it was short term. Good luck finding your niche!
  10. by   moongirl
    its okay... I feel the same way about oncology. Cant do it. There are nurses who fit in special places because that is the way it is meant to be
  11. by   PurrRN
    Thanks for everyones reply. It's that dichotomy between knowing something intellecutally and having opposite feelings emotionally. The main thing I'm concentrating on now, is just getting the material down and doing a good job in clinicals despite my feelings while I'm there. I realize that this rotation will come to end like the others and that I'll be moving on soon enough to something else. I just wish that I could find a way to seperate myself like I can with adult patients, may with time......I don't know. Thanks everyone.
  12. by   Ms.RN
    i'm taking ob right now, and my instructor lectured on the freaking whole textbook... 33 chapters..... i'm nauseated, . i'll be lucky if i can finish this class without having a nervous breakdown. :redlight:
  13. by   hawkeye02
    I can totally relate, I am in Maternal-Newborn and I am not a big fan of it. . I have one more exam and the hesi to take, I am so worry that I am not going to make it out alive. Tomorrow is my second clinical day and I am dreading it. We can all do it, and it will not last forever, thank god.

    Best Wishes
  14. by   Faeriewand
    I am in the Peds/OB rotation right now. Just finished up the Peds part and loved it because I bonded with all the girls working there. I think that's what got me thru it are the personal connections I made while there. I just love people and being able to pick the brains (or just shoot the breeze) with those more experienced than me was really exciting. I liked the fact that my instructor wasn't there breathing down my neck! I had freedom! It really built up my confidence. When I left everyone said they would miss me. I miss them too but it's time to start OB rotation.

    So I guess I didn't focus so much on the kids hehehe