I've been working as a new nurse in L&D for 9 months now and I'm still having trouble with vaginal checks. It's so frustrating for me. I've called a patient compete when she was 5cm on 2 separate occasions. I don't always have a nurse to check after me because our floor can be extremely busy and we are sometimes short staffed, epecially on nights. I've gotten advice from my coworkers, but nothing has really helped. I've even watching YouTube videos and and read numerous blogs and forums. I don't know what to do any more. Half the time I can't find the cervix and if I do I'm unsure abovut what I'm feeling. Before I got off of orientation, I expressed to my preceptor and my educator that I don't feel ccomfortable with my checks. They both shrugged me off and told me I would "get it" eventually. I feel like an incompetent nurse because of this. Any tips, tricks, advice would be greatly appreciated.