Hi everyone! I'm finally going to be starting my dream job in a family birthing center a week from Monday. I can hardly wait but I feel very nervous at the same time. I met with my nurse manager who seems very cool. She told me to expect to feel stressed, even to expect to cry a few times. I know I'm going into a really high stress area and that's okay, however, I want to start out as prepared as possible. Is there anything mentally (or otherwise) that I can do to prepare myself? I asked my NM this same question and she advised that I should review a manual covering principles of childbirth. I don't know exactly what is freaking me out at this point... maybe it's that my dream is finally coming true. Maybe it's because it's my first nursing job and that in and of itself is a stressful thing. I keep telling myself that if I could handle nursing school, I can handle this. Anyone have any words of advice? As specific as possible would be great, but really any sort of guidance would be appreciated.
Thanks so much you guys.