have i got links? you're gonna love these.
the trick to understanding these subjects it to know the normal process of pregnancy and childbirth process. don't make the mistake of thinking (if you are a mother), or listening to others (who are mothers), that because they are mothers that you or they are automatically any kind of expert about ob. the only thing they are an expert on is their own obstetrical experience. a lot goes wrong in ob. some of it is unforeseeable. and we're talking about internal structures that still can't be easily seen, so physical assessment and listening to the patient is imperative. that is why ob docs have huge premiums on their malpractice insurance
. think about what happens when tissues get traumatized and damaged because even though a normal vaginal delivery seems to go ok, tissues were traumatized and damaged--you just can't see them.
with peds, you have got to know the developmental tasks that are supposed to be present at each age and stage of life. the importance of that affects your assessment of these little patients and then you will modify your nursing assessments to accommodate their developmental age. otherwise, kids basically have the same body systems and kinds of problems that adults get taking into consideration their immaturity.
also, check to see if the textbook publisher has an online companion website that goes with the ob or peds textbooks you will be using. get the access pin numbers to get into any site--you pay for access when you buy the textbook. good luck!
- main page of ob website for students. links are around the globe with the site logo, euniversity. lots of assessment information of the mother and baby on the various pages.
- home page. this site includes links to a complete online textbook, laboratory tests commonly ordered in ob/gyn, medications commonly used in ob/gyn, ultrasound and x-ray used in ob/gyn, a large number of useful clinical forms you can download and print, and access to procedure videos that include a vaginal delivery, episiotomy, circumcision, pelvic exam, pap smear and much more. this site was developed for the military corpsmen and has a great deal of good ob information on it.
- list of links of lectures, forms and tutorials on a variety of ob subjects from new york medical college. you can see a slide show presentation of normal and abnormal labor that includes some very nice photographs and drawings to illustrated points here on this site: http://complab.nymc.edu/obgyn/labor%...20abnormal.pdf
- listing of emedicines topics on obstetrics and gynecology
- online student companion website for maternal-newborn & child nursing
by marcia l. london, patricia a. ladewig, jane w. ball, and ruth l. bindler. on the top menu bar of this home page is a drop down arrow where you pick a chapter of interest. once into these chapters you will find an audio glossary of obstetrical terms (you can access it here http://wps.prenhall.com/chet_london_...62927-,00.html
), a summary of information in each chapter of the book, nclex review questions pertinent to the information from each chapter, case study and care map activities (i did not check to see if you get any feedback as to whether or not your answers to these exercises are correct) and nursing tools that include: abbreviations used in maternity and pediatric nursing, a food guide pyramid, rdas for females during pregnancy, recommended dietary allowances, family assessment, guidelines for working with deaf clients, growth charts (10 pediatric growth charts from birth to age 20), west normogram, maternal-newborn lab values including cord blood, pediatric lab values, clinical estimation of gestational age, actions and effects of selected drugs, maternity critical pathways (for diabetes, epidural anesthesia, hemorrhage in the 3rd trimester, puerperal infection, newborn of a substance abusing mother and newborn with respiratory distress), and a whole slue of pediatric care plans
(they only include goals, interventions, rationales, and expected outcomes--no nursing diagnoses). almost all are in pdf files so you need an acrobat reader to download and see these files. each chapter also provides internet links to more online information.