OB rotation exps.

  1. Hi everyone. I am about to do my OB rotation and was wondering if anyone who has done theirs already would share their experiences....Im nervous about doing an assessment on mom/baby in front of my instructor. I wanna at least look like I know what Im doing!

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  3. by   cardiac.cure03
    I remember feeling that way! But to no avail, I still felt like an idiot when first learning to assess mother/baby. So don't worry, go in with your instructor, assess, talk out what you're doing, and ask ask ask. At least then she'll know that yeah, maybe you're not too sure of what you're doing...but by asking and talking it out while assessing, she'll know you're willing to try 'n learn!
  4. by   Daytonite
    there is assessment information on this website:
    there are links all around the globe at the top of the main page. if you go into the postpartum skills and the newborn skills you will find extensive assessment information there.

    you should also check out the links in the health assessment resources, techniques, and forms thread (its a sticky) in the nursing student assistance forum here:
    if i'm not mistaken, vickyrn, the moderator, has posted some new assessment links there and newborn and mother assessment links are included. if you cannot find them, pm her. she is an ob clinical instructor in her real life and i am almost positive she will have information she can pass on to you.

    other ob sites that are really good and that you should know about are:

    http://complab.nymc.edu/obgyn/labor%...20abnormal.pdf - this is a slide slow presentation on normal and abnormal labor from the new york medical college. some very nice photographs and drawings to illustrate points.

    http://complab.nymc.edu/obgyn/obgyn.htm - list of links of lectures, forms and tutorials on a variety of ob subjects from new york medical college

    http://www.brooksidepress.org/produc...obgyn/home.htm and includes links to the 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.

    http://www.who.int/reproductive-heal..._c/normal2.gif and
    http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/wha/labor.gif - good pictures of cervical effacements and dilatation during labor

    http://www.emedicine.com/emerg/obste...gynecology.htm - listing of emedicines topics on obstetrics and gynecology

    http://wps.prenhall.com/chet_london_maternal_1 - 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.

    i also have a copy of maternal/newborn plans of care: guidelines for individual care, third edition by marilynn e. doenges and mary frances moorhouse that i use as a reference. pm me or post a question if you need information on nursing diagnoses for any complications connected with an ob patient. this care plan book also has assessment guidelines for the mother at each trimester, each phase of labor and postpartum.
  5. by   moongirl
    the OB nurses I had the pleasure of doing my clinicals with were wonderful. they expect you to know parameters and interventions but they DONT expect you to be the one to DO the interventions- ( bag the baby).. so as far as being nervous, I wouldnt sweat it too much, its like the very first time you did an assessment on an adult, they TAUGHT you how to do it, and will do so again for an infant

    have fun- Ob is the BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   FNPhopeful
    thanks Daytonite, you're awesome!
  7. by   NeosynephRN
    I start my OB clinicals on Sat as well!! Thanks for those great resources!!
  8. by   *Andrea*
    Oh man, I loved my OB clinical and instructor. I had my OB lecture a whole year before my actual clinical so that made it a little rough, so I had to pretty much get all of the information back into my head again...but no sweat, ask a lot of questions and your instructor will see that you are interested to learn. They love seeing eager students. Just brush up on your basic assessment knowledge and you'll do great!