I am a new grad nurse who will be starting L&D soon.
In your example of a pregnant patient with non-OB specific issues like mom is on peritoneal dialysis, post-kidney transplant,... since you might not see these everyday (or maybe you do...), do you ask the nurse educator to help you?
I barely know L&D, much less peritoneal dialysis or post-organ transplant concerns- how would I troubleshoot something like this? Once we are off orientation, are we just expected to know how to take care of these atypical patients?
Wish I could just crack open my textbook or google it on the job, but that is not practical, and I am assuming that it is very fast paced and I might not have time for that.
As you can see, I'm very nervous... I don't have any med-surg experience, and there are so many med-surg/acute issues that can present in a laboring patient....
Hoping you or any other L&D nurse can give some insight or advice.
Much appreciated, thanks!