OB Nurses... - page 2

I am just curious as to what most of your positions entail... What all does an OB/LD Nurse do?? Thanks :)... Read More

  1. by   shay
    Originally posted by rdhdnrs
    I think I'm addicted to the adrenaline.
    Isn't that a pre-requisite for being an OB nurse? LOL!! I must admit...I do love a good crash c-section as long as the outcome is good. I love the adrenaline and the whole major 'team effort' that goes into it. It's kewl.

    Hey, now....low risk has its' adrenaline, too.......usually in the form of NURSE DELIVERIES 'cause your docs are all AT HOME at night!!

    Jeri, welcome to the club!!
  2. by   rdhdnrs
    I know, I know. I just love those sick, sick patients who desperately want a baby and we help that dream come true.
    One of mine just delivered at 29+ weeks. She came into the hospital with 23 week twins at 4 cm. In vitro babies; she's pediatrician of course. Lay on her back for six weeks and had a vag delivery last Thursday. Oh what a woman. It just amazes me how strong women are when it comes to their babies!!!
  3. by   shay
    Yeah, I do love it when a deserving, COMPLIANT patient has a good outcome. It's nice to see them get that nice little bundle in the end and see that look on their face of 'it was all worth it.'

    Now ya got me all mushy....bleah!
  4. by   rdhdnrs
    I had a tear or two the other day when my twins were born after all that work. Every once in a while one just grabs ya, you know? Today we had a really neat, term, normal delivery where the mom was so happy. That's what it's all about!!!
  5. by   OB4ME
    Originally posted by rdhdnrs
    This is labor and delivery where all we do is rock babies.

    I'm always amazed at that comment "Oh, I'd LOVE to just sit around holding babies all night!" Some of these same people (often, they are ER or ICU nurses!) have actually started orientation on our unit, just to quit some 2-8 weeks into it...saying that they just can't handle the stress!

    I recently started orienting for a new position on a brand new L+D unit. During a break in general orientation, I overheard a current ICU nurse telling some nurse externs about her exciting adventures as a job hopping RN. (Apparently, she has some experience in most fields.) She actually said that "(she) wanted to do L+D towards the end of (her) nsg career, when (she) can't get around as well and isn't as sharp as (she) is now." I could BARELY stifle my laughter!!!

    If you want to sit around and rock babies, then you are better off volunteering to rock crack babies in a nursery, or working in a daycare. But, if you want to be essentially an ER nurse who happens to care solely for pregnant (and unborn, or newly born) patients, and happens to get to know many of your patients a little better than in most ERs...then L+D is likely the place for you!
  6. by   ceecel.dee
    What about the ongoing manta of soothing words, encouraging words, occasional scolding, loud enthusiastic cheering, pushing yourself into prolapse with each and every of mom's contractions, pulling back of legs, pushing HARD on a back to counterpressure back labor, clap and cheer some more, official photographer, and on, and on.....