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  1. So blah. I do my first OB clinical tomorrow. I'm terrified of babies. And they're gonna make me hold one! I'm soooooooo not a kids person. They're wiggly little critters. Can I go on strike?
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  3. by   BoonersmomRN
    Swaddle the baby and it won't be a "wiggly little critter" anymore. Most of my OB rotation the babies were swaddled anyway by the staff...so I only had to swaddle 2 and it's easy. A lot of my classmates didn't consider themselves "baby people" but they enjoyed the rotation b/c 99% of it is a HAPPY rotation. I understand not being comfortable with a particular age group...but it's only a short time and you can do it!
  4. by   lovingtheunloved
    Yes but they're ITTY BITTY. And I'm clumsy.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    lol....I remember my OB rotation in the ADN program - I was bored to tears because the nurses didn't think we were smart enough to even hold the babies. That experience guaranteed I would NEVER EVER in a milliion trillion years do OB and I never had - tee hee hee..
  6. by   CritterLover
    Quote from lovingtheunloved
    yes but they're itty bitty. and i'm clumsy.


    wow, i sooooooo agree with you.

    don't have kids, don't want kids (sorry, mom).

    they are cute......from a distance.

    all that said, i actually enjoyed my ob rotations. even considered nicu (wow! hard to believe, in retrospect).

    go (not like you have a choice! ). keep an open mind. it won't be that bad. i spent most of my time in the labor rooms, where you can pretty much just observe and don't have to do too much hands-on stuff. i spent less than a day in the actual nursery.

    you'll be fine. just don't drop anyone.
  7. by   Jolie
    Quote from lovingtheunloved
    So blah. I do my first OB clinical tomorrow. I'm terrified of babies. And they're gonna make me hold one! I'm soooooooo not a kids person. They're wiggly little critters. Can I go on strike?
    Consider yourself lucky! My combined OB and Peds rotation was all of 9 weeks. The other 2-1/2 years of my nursing school clinical career was spent with BIG people, who terrify me!
  8. by   Thedreamer
    Be thankful youre getting an OB rotation. I just found out TODAY that come two weeks from now with my new term we are getting shafted. Our OB rotation is in a school for young women who drop off thier babies. Its basically day care.

    You can guarentee im going to administration in the morning to complain. What happened to Niccu? What happened to our hospital rotations and taking care of SICK children?
  9. by   CrufflerJJ
    Quote from lovingtheunloved
    So blah. I do my first OB clinical tomorrow. I'm terrified of babies. And they're gonna make me hold one! I'm soooooooo not a kids person. They're wiggly little critters. Can I go on strike?
    Little critters are neat to hold & cuddle. That being said, though, I do not like treating sick/injured kids on the ambulance. That's due to a combination of factors (most of our patients are adults, kids crash so quickly compared to adults,...).

    Handling/treating/assessing little kids gets easier after you become a parent yourself. The down side to that is that you tend to fret more about YOUR little ones at home after seeing what can happen to other little ones.

    Remember - you used to be one of those wiggly little critters. It's amazing to hold a tiny little life in your arms, and think how much they're going to grow over the next 10-15 years! Be amazed, and you might not be so scared.
  10. by   TazziRN
    Yes, they're itty bitty, but they're too small to be interested in wiggling. They just wanna sleep!
  11. by   CrufflerJJ
    Quote from TazziRN
    They just wanna sleep!

    And fill diapers!!:uhoh21:
  12. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from Jolie
    Consider yourself lucky! My combined OB and Peds rotation was all of 9 weeks.
    We don't even get an OB rotation....and only a few weeks in Peds...I'm really bummed....

    The other 2-1/2 years of my nursing school clinical career was spent with BIG people, who terrify me!
    :yeahthat:
  13. by   EarthChild1130
    I'm not fond of children myself but I did well in my OB and Peds rotations...but I still don't think I'd want to work there! I'll stick to my psych patients! Good luck!
  14. by   cherokeesummer
    They are really not too bad. I did not have children when I went through that rotation but I was excited to learn plus these patients have some advantages...

    - they don't expect you to make conversation
    - they don't care if you say something silly
    - they won't hurt your back (most of the time)
    - MUCH easier to clean their hineys than adults LOL! (and puke, etc. etc.)

    That rotation was fun! I have a son now so I'm sure some of what I learned helped. I'm going to be starting a job in a level 3 NICU in September!

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