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  1. ijuanabhappy

    Debilitating Anxiety

    Oh, and I've never had this anxiety with other non-nursing jobs in the past. In fact, I excelled and was very confident. There was probably a learning curve with those jobs, but never have I had the paralyzing fear and anxiety like I have with nursing jobs. I've been considering trying a beta blocker because I am so sensitive to side effects from antidepressants.
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    Debilitating Anxiety

    I have paralyzing anxiety which has caused me to quit a few nursing jobs (I've only been a nurse 3 years), so I totally relate. I am now trying out L&D and feel completely overwhelmed because I never gave any of my hospital jobs a chance... they were just too much. I didn't realize how stressful L&D could be and how much is there to learn. It is overwhelming. This is also causing me depression and I just feel like my nerves are shot and I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I have been having symptoms of dizziness and almost feeling like I am going to faint. I have a prescription for klonopin but I feel that this doesn't leave me as "sharp" as I need to be. Same thing with Neurontin. I just started taking this a few days ago but it makes me feel very dumb! I think I'm going to try an old prescription of Paxil. I'm desperate. Sometimes I question whether I should even be a nurse
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    I am burnt out

    With the L and D experience, if you are truly burnt out on hospital you can always go to a OB/Gyn office. The nurses at my Ob's office always seem so upbeat and happy like they truly enjoy their jobs. Then again, I have the best, nicest OB in the world... great man. Never seen him not smiling :)
  4. ijuanabhappy

    I am burnt out

    What's been going on? I'm so sorry to hear this. I thought you were enjoying L and D.
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    How do you know if you are cut out for L&D?

    Seemerun, although I have a few years of general nursing experience, this is an internship so they were open to hiring a new grad or a nurse who needed a change, like me!
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    How do you know if you are cut out for L&D?

    I got offered the job! Very nervous and excited! :)
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    How do you know if you are cut out for L&D?

    Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! lovemyjoblandd, I understand what you mean about med surg giving you basic nursing skills that are so valuable. I guess that's what I worry about a little bit. That being said, the school nurse job I had over the last year was not your ordinary school nursing job. It was a 24 hour institution and many of the kids were very medically fragile. I've dealt with seizures, g-tubes, asthma attacks, in and out caths, administering insulin and checking blood sugars, etc. So I'm sure this experience will help... I'm more worried about time management, IV equipment etc, but I'm sure it will come to me. I'm so excited about this and really want it. Wish me luck!! :)
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    How do you know if you are cut out for L&D?

    Anyone else have any thoughts or opinions? I guess I basically want to know if this will be similar to my failed attempt at med surg when I was too overwhelmed by the high number of patients to give care to. I know L&D can be stressful, but maybe it's a different type of stress? I have an interview next week and very nervous. Appreciate any other input :)
  9. Yep :) She was actually smiling during contractions! I might have opted for that over epidurals with my three kids had it been offered
  10. I'm not an L&D nurse yet.... (hope to be one soon next month ... but I've been watching labor and delivery videos on Youtube for the past couple of days and saw a woman using what they called "laughing gas" and it seemed like her labor went along very smooth. If it is deemed safe, I think this would be great!
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    How do you know if you are cut out for L&D?

    Thanks! I hope I get the job :)
  12. After working over the last year as a school nurse, I need a change. I have a great opportunity to interview for an L&D internship position and I'm very excited about it. I understand that L&D is not all about happy experiences and things can go south very, very quickly. I'm been studying old notes from school, taking online FHM strip tests and studying conditions, and although my rotation in nursing school did not provide much of any L&D experience, I really think I would enjoy the challenge of learning this specialty and having the privilege of being a part of bringing a new life into the world. I have also always had an interest in the O.R., and like the fact that L&D nurses can go into C-sections. A little background, I never really have done floor nursing for very long because I had a horrible med-surg experience and realized that it just wasn't for me. I respect those nurses who can do med-surg..... I'm just not good with caring for so many patients at once. Maybe I never gave it a good chance, but I was overwhelmed. Maybe L&D would be similar to this and I'm being naive... would like input on what L&D is like, skills that make a good L&D nurse, etc. I feel like I might be a good fit because I am extremely focused, vigilant, conscientious, and cautious. School nursing has been nice but I'm kinda bored now and would really like to get into a specialty that interests me. Thank you :)
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    How to get a position in the O.R.

    It's not that I hate med-surg, I just don't think I'm good at it. People are good at different things. I have given med-surg a try a couple of times, and I just don't think I can handle the pace of so many patients at once. I really WANTED to be good at it, but I'm better at being hyperfocused on one patient at a time. I'm good at making sure things are correct and that nothing is going to slip through the cracks. They tease me at work right now because they think I'm a little too particular about everything being "correct" all of the time. Would slow me down in med-surg, but might be a good trait to have in the OR. Not that I'm that slow; once I learn something I become very efficient. I'm also good at reading people, and anticipating what their needs may be before they ask. I don't know, I may be wrong, but I just have a feeling that the OR would be where I belong.
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    OR Internships, Residencies, Fellowships?

    Thanks! :)
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    How to get a position in the O.R.

    I'm an RN with a few years of nursing experience, but no floor experience. I haven't even been looked at for O.R. internships here in Texas because I do not have my BSN yet. I plan on doing the online RN to BSN this fall. My question is, do most O.R.'s want you to have some med-surg floor experience in addition to the BSN if you are not a new grad?
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