All Nurses Share the Same Struggles

December 18, 2014 3:08 PM

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Working in labor and delivery is everything you think it would be. It's sweet and inspiring. It's breathtakingly beautiful and miraculous. But OB is not all about babies and banners and bubblegum shaped like cigars. Labor and delivery can be heartbreaking. It can be so gut-wrenching that we sometimes leave work with our stomach in knots and our blood pressure pounding in our ears. Sometimes we leave work so angry our hands will shake the entire way home. Sometimes we leave work so unbelievably sad our whole body feels heavy and weighed with an emotional toll that can drag even the best obstetrical nurse down. But every day we come back and we do our very best to take care of our patients.

The first time I ever saw someone high on methamphetamines, it was a pregnant person. I was a new graduate nurse at the time, and although I knew that people did drugs, it had never occurred to me that pregnant people did them. That day, I walked out of the break room after eating breakfast and coul...

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