Maternity is KILLING me. Is it just my school?

  1. I was just curious... do most schools have an entire semester of maternity, or is all the material crammed into a few weeks? I'm used to lengthy reading assignments, but the amount of reading/information that we're expected to know in just 5 weeks is insane and unrealistic. How am I supposed to retain information from 6 chapters for one lecture, especially when some chapters can be 50+ pages long? I'm just frustrated because I'm wondering if this is the norm. I thought maternity was supposed to be an entire semester, or at least half of one.
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  3. by   Triddin
    My maternity rotation was only a month long. So a third of a semester. There was a lot of cramming
  4. by   Quota
    My OB rotation is just 5 weeks, taking my final tomorrow. Wasn't too bad because our professor and my clinical instructor are awesome. While it's a lot of information it's not really a full semesters worth of information like our medsurg Patho class over fall semester was.
  5. by   swacho
    I have such a hard time with cramming! I'm the type of person who can't just "skim" the chapters and do well. I have to read it to understand it. There's just so much, that I may have to suck it up and not read everything. Do you have any tips?
  6. by   swacho
    Quote from Quota
    My OB rotation is just 5 weeks, taking my final tomorrow. Wasn't too bad because our professor and my clinical instructor are awesome. While it's a lot of information it's not really a full semesters worth of information like our medsurg Patho class over fall semester was.
    I wish I could say the same about my maternity professor She just reads off of powerpoints.
  7. by   Quota
    We have good PowerPoints that cover that important material, just use the book to clarify things you aren't sure about. Also use book for case studies and writing care plan for clinical. Our professor is a midwife with lots of entertaining stories about her experience that make everything relatable.
  8. by   Ladyscrubs
    Years ago, I went through a LPN fast track to diploma RN. The so called "fast track" was a four week maternity and a four week pediatrics classroom/clinical throughout the summer. Yuck! Just yuck, yuck, yucky. Oh my gosh, I can't stop saying yuck!

    Anyway, I got through, but just barely. It was a hot summer and they had the window air conditioners turned up to freezing and I kept falling to sleep in class. I thought I was going to die of hypothermia or information overload. I swore to the the heavens that if I made it through with a passing grade, I would never work in OB or Peds, just please let me pass. I did, and all these years later I have kept my promise... not hard to do since I almost got strangled by a ten year old with a Lincoln log during the Peds rotation, and I ain't too fond of the mama's birth'n babies.

    Hang in there
  9. by   Sassyrose
    Get saunders nclex review book.. the comprehensive one. Teach yourself from their outlines and then do the questions. You need to know the info not read every page of every chapter assigned to you. Helped me immensely in school when time was hard to come by and I needed to know what was important.
  10. by   Nature_walker
    My rotation was half a term of maternity and the other half was psych. It was very fast paced.
  11. by   OcMurse93
    My Maternity, Pediatrics AND Pysch rotations were all only 5 weeks. The course length, at least at my school, was determined by the amount of content on the nclex. 5 weeks is the norm, i believe.
  12. by   swacho
    Quote from Sassyrose
    Get saunders nclex review book.. the comprehensive one. Teach yourself from their outlines and then do the questions. You need to know the info not read every page of every chapter assigned to you. Helped me immensely in school when time was hard to come by and I needed to know what was important.
    I have this book! I think it's going to have to come to that.
  13. by   forevergreatful
    my maternity rotation is 8 wks ( half a semester)
  14. by   Sassyrose
    Swacho, there's nothing wrong with using Saunders. It's the same info though there might be a difference here or there between that and your textbooks. Less can be a lot more if you learn that info. It's still pretty dense material but much more doable compared to reading a few hundred pages of your textbook. Why don't you try it? Go through it slowly and really learn the info and see if it's better than the approach you're using that's killing you. It helped me a lot, plus it gears you towards the nclex. I would use additional sources for questions though. The more of those the better.

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