If You're a Nurse, Be Someone's Superhero

October 27, 2014 2:40 PM

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If You're a Nurse, Be Someone's Superhero

When I initially graduated from nursing school, I thought I wanted to be a nursery nurse. When I got hired in L&D, I thought I had my foot in the door, and eventually I would transition to the nursery. It didn't take me long to fall in love with OB, and having the baby as my primary patient became the last thing on my to-do list. I quickly learned a golden rule in maternal-newborn nursing: labor and delivery nurses don't usually like working in the nursery, and nursery nurses don't usually want to work in OB!

My very first delivery without my preceptor, I felt on top of the world. I was like this hippie, magical new nurse... everything was going my way. I managed to keep tracing heart tones while my patient got her epidural, which was working perfectly (not too much, not too little, and equal on both sid...

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