So, just looking for some advice/reassurance! A little background, I worked in a Level 1 Trauma Center ED for my first year as a new grad. I always knew I was interested in women's health, and after my family decided to move, I decided to pursue it, and accepted a L&D job. I have been there now for about 4 months, and have been off orientation and on my own for 3 weeks now.
I have really enjoyed it! I love educating mothers and just being part of such a special day for the patients and families that I care for. The most overwhelming part of the job for me is the enormous amount of charting! In the ER, we had nowhere near the amount of mandatory charting, on top of updating their vitals/strips, in most cases every 15-30 mins. How do you stay on top of your charting and make sure that everything has been taken care of and documented after delivery, while trying to manage your recovery and document that as well? I know it is so important, especially in litigious situations, so I want to make sure I'm thorough but it's just so difficult when you're trying to actually take care of your patients. Does anyone have any helpful resources, specifically on L&D documentation, or just documentation in general?
Also, I'm a worrier. I have the tendency to go home and ruminate over any mistakes I made or could have made, or things I forgot to chart, etc. How do you deal with mistakes and allow yourself to learn from them and then leave them at work, instead of worrying over it at home? All nursing involves huge levels of responsibility, but labor and delivery just feels so intense! At what point did you begin to feel confident, fully competent, and able to stop questioning everything?