I am really worried. I start capstone March 25th in OB. I thought OB was what I really would like to do after graduation but now I am not so sure. OB is not my first choice and I have decided to go into Med-surg after graduation because I don't want to settle. I am interested in OB but like I said it is not my first choice. My first choice is NICU or Pediatrics. The reason why I am not starting in pediatrics although there are plenty of jobs available for pediatric nurses because I live in a city with a LARGE children's hospital system, is because I am commited to a particular hospital system for 2 years after graduation because of a scholarship
deal. They do have a few NICU's in the hospital system but they can't take anymore new grads because they already have as many as they can handle. NICU and PEDS is my first choice. I have had the opportunity to work in both areas as a tech and done clinicals and I really LOVED it. So rather than settle, I figure I start in Med-surg which will help me get my assessment skills down pretty good and other skills like IV's and inserting urine caths. I am VERY nervous about OB because I keep hearing it is VERY litigious and that scares me to death and watching all the potential complications that can happen in OB scares me.
Now here is my deal. My capstone lasts 6 weeks there will be a few weeks where we do 3 12 hour shifts and some weeks we do 2 12 hour shifts so we end up with a total in 168 hours. The nurse manager in OB told me I can do all 6 weeks in Labor and delivery, or all 6 weeks in Mother/baby or all 6 weeks in nursery or we can mix it up. I am going to mix it up. Question is how do I get the most out of this internship like experience? Who knows by the end of the 6 weeks I could very well be deciding to go into OB afterall but for now I am leaning more toward the Med-surg side for the reasons I mentioned above.
Also like I mentioned in another thread I am scared about checking cervical dilatations, station and effacement because of my small hands. So that is another reason why I am nervous. An instructor told me having small hands may be a disadvantage for me.