After waiting patiently , and working med / surg for nine months (first job after graduation), I finally secured a position in a LDPR Unit, approximately 4000 births a year. I am so excited and eager to get started. I will start in the beginning of October, and my orientation will be for 12-16 weeks. I have started to go through my OB books to refresh since it has been awhile since I did my Ob clinical rotation. Does anyone suggest any must have's for a new OB nurse, I saw the OB In My Pocket reference guide and was thinking about getting it, I just want to be prepared. Just so darn Happy to be here
Sep 8, '06
I had the same question when I got my job, but now that I'm here ... it's just mostly OJT you know? (I have heard that In My Pocket book is good). The only thing that I can think of, besides reviewing my OB/newborn care books, that probably would have been of much help for me would have been to have a copy of our unit's policies and procedures to be reviewing. If you don't know breastfeeding stuff, you could add that in (kellymom.com is a good internet resource). There are several nurses on my unit who really don't know much about it and it can be difficult to prioritize that once you are in the thick of things with other stuff going on, at least on our unit b/c it's not a focus and we don't have any protocols for it.
and Congrats! Have fun! I love what I'm doing for the most part!
Last edit by mitchsmom on Sep 8, '06