Nursing School: OB Rotation

 

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The rotation I’ve been looking forward to since the beginning of nursing school is complete! While being finished with this rotation means one step closer to graduation, it’s a little bitter-sweet. At the start of OB clinicals, I had never seen a birth in real-life, and now I have been present during over a handful. I even got the opportunity to hold a mother’s leg as she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. It’s in moments like that when I feel all of the stress, long hours and missing social events for nursing school become well worth it. 

I will also add that I loved everything about this rotation, and this semester in general. I had great professors, instructors, and the sweetest groups of people in all of my classes and clinical rotations. 

L&D…

The first day of my rotation was a little rough, probably because I went in with perfect expectations of how birth is, and it is not perfect, but its still beautiful. I went to my first live-birth and it was less-than-glamorous. I am here to tell you it is nothing like what you see in the movies. On this first day, the charge nurse said she wanted to find me a skill to do. She asked if I wanted to do a foley. I hesitantly said yes, praying in my head that the less-than-a-handful of times I placed a foley on our practice mannequins in lab would have given me the skill to place it correctly. I walked over to pre-op to the patient’s room. My hands were so sweaty. I was praying to not be so nervous and I almost instantly messed up. I broke sterile field. I was discouraged, but the patient and nurse assisting me were so great and understanding. I started over with a new kit, and this time got it right! I had never been so thrilled to see someone’s urine in my life! Lol  

Mother-Baby…

The hospital I did my rotation at does “couplet care” or “mother-baby” for postpartum care. This means, instead of a nurse caring for the mother and the baby going to the nursery, all the care is done by one nurse in the mother’s hospital room. I was unsure how I would feel about this, but it took me by surprise that I actually loved it! It was so peaceful to see moms recovering and bonding with their new babies. Sure, this could potentially be a stressful unit, but overall it was calm and peaceful and I appreciated it for that. The first bath I assisted with was the cutest thing. I’ve seen videos of babies loving getting their head washed online that are adorable, but in real life it is even more precious! 

NICU…

I also went to the NICU, which I went to multiple times during my pediatric rotation as well. Although I am not certain what area I want to work in, I can confidently say it will not be the NICU. If you know me, or have followed me for a while, you know I adore babies. They have always been my favorite. I just want to hold them all day, which is not feasible in the NICU; because one, the nurses are so busy with all their tiny patients and two, a lot of the babies are too tiny and to be held and need to be on minimum stimulation. I have so much respect for the NICU nurses for all the things I said above, plus, most conditions seen on the NICU do not occur in any other specialty (ex: babies circulation remaining the way it is in the womb, which is opposite of the circulation for life outside of the womb) so there is so much extra knowledge and learning going on in the NICU. 

Back to L&D… 

I entered the rotation thinking I would instantly love L&D. I pictured myself crying at the first birth I witnessed and knowing that’s where I belonged. When it didn’t happen that way, I was a little discouraged and let down. However, with each additional day I spent there, I liked it more. The last day, I got to follow a great nurse who has been a nurse on L&D for a couple of years! We got a new admit and my nurse asked if I have ever done an I.V. I responded “no”, and she said “well it’s time!”. Now again, if you know me, (I know I say this a lot) you know its not hard for me to get nervous. But, for some reason I was so calm as I successfully placed a 16 gauge I.V. on my first try. What?!! I couldn’t believe it. I’d only ever practiced on a mannequin arm about 4 times with a 22 or 24 gauge (way smaller). My patient said it was way better than her last IV experience, and I admitted it was my first time.. after I successfully placed it of course! We had another new admit, and I did her I.V. on the first time as well! This is a huge high for a nursing student if y’all can imagine. 

Something Shocking… 

All of my friends are going to read this and laugh, but I actually got excited for emergencies in L&D. For someone cautious like myself, this took me way by surprise; but when the HUC (health unit coordinator) would come on the loud speaker and everyone would run to the emergency, I was thriving! Granted, in the L&D setting an emergency is serious, but everyone is very well trained and knows what to do. Emergencies here seem more like a well-controlled emergencies. I am not saying ya girl could hold it down in the E.D., but I guess we will see next semester! 🙂 On to the end!

If y’all have any questions about rotations or nursing school in general, as always, feel free to message me on Instagram.

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