I've been off orientation for a couple of months now. I felt (and often still feel) the same way you do! The phone thing really got me for a while... it always seemed like I didn't tell the MD's what they wanted to know... and I'm still learning. But something that has helped me for the phone and just to have a "brain" handy, is my cheatsheet. It has:
G T P A L Para
show (this is where I ask / write about bleeding in general also)
ctx -time began
T BP HR R
marital status S M W D
education (I don't usually ask this one, but whatever)
exposure (not sure what that's supposed to mean)
ht / wt
It sounds like a lot to carry around but it is arranged in two colums and two sets of it fit on a regular sheet of paper, so I can fold it over for two pts, and there is actually still room in the lower R corner to jot down orders or whatever. We have report sheets that we get each morning but they don't have much info on them, and don't have much room to write either.
When I say something retarded to someone on the phone (which happens fairly frequently, at least it seems like it to me LOL..) I just try to make a joke out of it and let it go... what can you do? Everyone was new once!! Or, have a snappy-but-not-out-of-the-realm-of-politeness comeback; I try not to let them see me sweat because we have a couple that would take advantage of that.
I am still trying to get used to c-sections, especially unplanned ones, since I still really haven't had a "bad" baby to take care of on my own (we have either/or/both repiratory and a pedi there, but still YKWIM). For NVD's there are two NRP nurses in the room so I feel more comfortable with that, as funny as it may sound- b/c they understand what I know and don't know and they'd be able to guide me better than respiratory/pedi (our respiratory and pedi's don't seem to take much of a lead in these situations that I've observed anyway). Anyway, didn't mean to hijack... just saying I feel anxious too.
For me, things get a little better each day for the most part as far as the anxiety/dumb feeling goes.