You're absolutely right!! NOTHING can FULLY prepare me for what challenges and obstacles I will face if I become a nurse, except for personal experience! I know that being a nurse is hard work and stressful, which is why I'm sure the pay is high. But like any job, there are pros and cons. I make sure to talk to the OB nurses when I'm at the hospital with clients and they are pretty honest about their job...I've also have seen for myself just by watching them that it is a lot of work, it's tiring, and it's not as glamourous as one would think....but what I also see is their smiles and tears of joy after healthy babies are born...and there aren't many jobs out there which are that gratifying.
But I also do know not every birth ends on a happy note...I know I'll see less than ideal births, complicated births, sick babies and mothers, even stillborns, and I know my critical thinking skills will be tested often. I know I'll have to deal with bossy, aggressive, violent and/or irate parents and families and I know the list goes on and on. I also know there are things I will deal with that I don't even know about yet and won't know about until I do the job for myself...but I'm also hoping that by lurking here, I will read about some of those things and learn how you all dealt with them...
So, I am definetely aware that NOTHING will truly prepare me except for experience alone!
But on that note, this is something that I've wanted to do for SO long, and I know that if I quit now just because I hear that being a nurse is one of the toughest job, I'd regret that decision for the rest of my life.
All I'm really trying to do right now is get as familiar as I can with some of the medical terms, procedures and policies so that when I hit the floor, I'm not totally clueless! And I'm hoping to get a "glimpse" of what it's like to be an OB nurse! I feel that I've already learned some valuable information just by reading some threads on this site so I'm thankfully I found all of you!! :)
Thanks again for all of your advice and I will definetely take what I can from it!!