Friday, January 27, 2012

First Maternity Clinical!!!

It was too late to write last night when I got home from my Maternity Clinical so here I am this morning. It was FANTASTIC! Sort of like, "where have you been all my life?" I reaffirmed in 6 hours at the hospital that this is INDEED what I want to do!!!! I will be doing labor and delivery for the first half of the semester and then postpartum care for the second half. At this point, I would just like to cut to chase, this is what I want to do and I'm not sure why I have to bother with the rest of nursing school!! My instructor is a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist which is very interesting, just not what I want to do. She has been at the hosptial for 35 years and knows all the ins and outs. I think this is going to be an absolutely fabulous learning experience. I was so excited when I left there last night that I almost did a cartwheel. It just felt like home - I wasn't nervous, I just felt like that was where I was supposed to be!

We spent some time with a lacatation consultant who taught us the ins and outs of breastfeeding and how to support a new mother and baby as they begin to breastfeed. That was very interested and it is so nice to see someone like her who has been doing her job for 30+ years and she is still so excited about what she does. I LOVE that! That is what I want to be. As the old saying goes, "Find a job that you love and you'll never work a day in your life." That is the life I want to have!!!

There are several projects we have to do for clinical, they will be time consuming but shouldn't be too bad. One is a review of a research article (mine is about differences in labor outcomes with the assistance of a lay doula - a doula is someone trained to assist a laboring mother). The other is a 45 min. power point presentation - our topic is post partum depression. I think they will both be very interesting. I am excited!

Our instructor said we will all witness a birth, catch a baby (the doc/midwife delivers the baby and then hands it off to a nurse - this is the catching part), and hopefully get to see a c-section as well. We will be tending to women in labor, rubbing their backs and providing support and encouragement. When the clinical is over they are going to have to drag me kicking and screaming out of that hospital!

Ok, I'm not sure I can keep writing without repeating the words "I'm so excited!" ala the Pointer Sisters, so I will spare you any more of my jubilation.

Bottom line is that every Thursday afternoon/evening I will be in heaven for about 8 hours. :)

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