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    Indiana used to publish your home address with your license information. Not any longer. I am not sure if other states do this or not but I always thought it was a dumb idea and an invasion of my privacy.

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    Thank You from me too. Your efforts for this country are very much appreciated. Stay safe.

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    LTCangel likes this.

    Not me. I have no plans to work past 65 at the very latest. I am sure my health issues will force me to retire much earlier than that. But I have already started making career moves and plans that will give me some income for many years to come. If not, I will be changing my lifestyle significantly but I will NOT be working full time (or even part time) as a floor nurse more than a few more years.

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    I will bet some of the nurses remembered you and all of them were glad to get the card. It is nice to know you made someones hospital experience better. Thanks for the kind words.

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    melmarie23 and dsr01 like this.

    I will be the first nurse to say OB! I love, love, love all things maternity! :bby:

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    "PENS!!! (I have an addiction!)
    A Pulse ox that self destructs when stolen.
    Alcohol foam that doesn't turn my hands to bleeding leather"

    LOL! This could be me. I have been known to have 30-35 pens in my purse at any given time. Then u have to count in the pens in my locker, my nurses bag and in my desk at home.


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    rn4babies63 likes this.

    I'd rather be called off on low census than being floated anywhere else!

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    passionflower likes this.

    Hard core OB nurse here.

    I love:

    Watching new families as they see and hold their newborn for the first time! Totally awesome experience!
    Supporting this family as labor progresses and a baby is brought into the world.
    Teaching...Teaching...Teaching...this is my forte!
    I love teaching prenatal classes. I love teaching laboring women how to cope with labor and the family how to help her do it. I love teaching postpartum skills and giving discharge instructions. Back in the day when I was a new nurse, we had time to be with our pts and actually get to help them learn how to care for their baby. Not anymore.

    I hate:

    The politics that TRIES to get in the way of me being the nurse I want to be.
    I hate...really hate the double charting we have to do. ARRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!
    I also really hate being floated out of OB!!! I am a OB nurse to the very core of my soul and this is all I am interested in doing at my age.

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    caregiver1977 likes this.

    I have been a labor/delivery nurse for such a long time. I was quiet and shy when I first started and was afraid to say anything at first. I didn't even want to touch my pts for fear of hurting them or getting yelled at. I have to agree with the posters above.
    1) Observe other nurses for ways to encourage and support moms.
    2) Doulas are awesome at this job. If any are around your unit try to get a few minutes to talk to or observe them at work. Also, taking a doula class is a great way to learn. Even sitting in for a childbirth class might help give you helpful info.
    3) Most importantly (IMHO) is to take your clues from your mom. Some love to have lots of feedback and help. Others just want you to be there. Thats all the support they need. Ask her how you can best help her.
    4) The confidence will come as you gain more experience so don't give up. This is a great job. I wouldn't want to do anything else.

    Welcome to the labor room!


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    we move our equipment around too. it sucks but thats how management likes it. we also get lost and broken equipment because of it.
    i can't give any specific ideas for saving money since i am not in management but i know everything is very tight. no frills, nothing special!
    as for report, we do it at the main desk. wish we had more privacy for report but we just have to be very careful that pts or visitors are not around to hear anything.
    i do love having ldrp's instead of ldr's and postpartum. its nice not having to move mama's to another room.

    good luck with your new dept!!

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    Queen2u likes this.

    Hi. I totally agree with the above posters. I have been doing OB nursing for many, many years. Still, I am in awe of the miracle of birth. Nothing compares to seeing a new baby take its first breath and watching the reaction of the new parents.
    The next part of OB nursing that I absolutely love is the teaching aspect. New parents need LOTS of education. Especially first time parents. And there are many different topics to be taught. There is coping with labor and birth. postpartum care, postpartum depression, newborn care, and more. And I love it all!

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    carolmaccas66 likes this.

    I like to call my "me" days as Blessing Days.

    I like to get up early while the house is quiet and enjoy having my daily devotions and Bible time.
    Other than that I like to go to the gym, take a walk outside, play with my dogs, talk to my family on the phone, surf the net or play internet games, read or watch movies.
    As a general rule, we dont get near enough Blessing Days and I try to enjoy mine with everything I have.

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    My first job, a long long time, ago was in a nursing home. But I have been in Labor and Delivery/Mother Baby care for almost 20 years now. This is where I belong. Two organizations that I highly recommend are Lamaze and AWHONN. Both are kinda expensive but they are excellent in keeping you up to date with OB issues. Also, network with any OB organization or individual you come across.

    Good luck..Never stop following your goals. You can do it.

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    I also carry alot of stuff.
    For work I carry my clipboard, a notebook, numerous pens, highlighters, pencils, a labor wheel, a steth, a reflex hammer, my reference cards, and my childbirth education notebook so I can work on my classes during breaks and slow times.
    Personally, I carry my water bottle, my hand lotion and my hand sanitizer, my blood glucose monitor, extra supplies for my insulin pump, my wallet, a hair brush, a book to help count my carbs, and my food journal. I am sure that there is more but that is all I can think of now. Of course, I usually take my lunch and several snacks as I need to count carbs before I eat.

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    Apparently no nurses live in this part of the state.