When Every Day is Labor Day

Do you remember when you first started working in OB?

I heard someone once say “shame on us for allowing mean people to take care of our patients.”

Are YOU the grumpy one?
Are YOU the grumpy one?

We all know who the “mean” people are on our units. They’re probably not mean in real life, but they are tired of OB, they can’t be bothered, and OB may have lost that magical element for them. If that’s you, find a way to find your passion again. If you don’t think it can be found, change professions. Because what we do—taking care of mothers and babies—is monumental in that family’s life. And we shouldn’t allow people who don’t love women and children to be a part of that. Negativity is contagious, but being positive can be contagious as well! Be the nurse that is positive. Be that nurse. We all know it isn’t always easy. What we do is hard and it’s draining and we do it over and over and over again. Every single day is labor day for us, it doesn’t matter if we’re tired, or short-staffed, or if there aren’t any beds available, people still come in and deliver.  And when something happens out of the orirdinary, it isn’t usually a good thing. But we have to stay focused on why we do what we do. We help make a family. We help people make memories of a birth, or memories of their first few days (and in the case of a fetal demise, the only days) with their baby.

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Even when triage is full, and everyone is coming in complete, and there aren’t enough nurses and maybe the charge nurse isn’t helping you like you think she should, just step back and find the humor in it all.  When I’m in this situation, and someone comes in for what I know to be a completely illegitimate claim (that primip who comes in after taking a shower and putting on all her makeup because she thinks she’s in labor 😃 ) I just remember that people don’t know what we know and we’re fortunate to be in a position where they come to us for guidance.

And at least it gives us all something to joke about! ❤

 

 

Until my next delivery ❤

 


5 thoughts on “When Every Day is Labor Day

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  • May 11, 2014 at 3:13 am
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    I love your very diplomatic way of saying if you’re no longer happy “move on”! This isn’t just isolated to nurses either.

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  • October 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm
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    I agree with you and I am not a nurse! However, I was 19 when I had my first child and I will never forget the mean and nasty nurse that I had for part of my labor. She was older, probably in her 60’s and did not have a nice bone in her body. She was very “matter of factly” with me and did not make me feel comfortable at all. I remember when I declined having a mirror and she FUSSED at me saying that I had better have a mirror to encourage me to push bc first time moms usually push for hours. I pushed TWICE before delivery my 8lb 44oz daughter. SO HA! The good news is, once there was shift change, my new nurse was magical and even found the hilarity in moments (such as when she discovered my clit piercing!).

    My 2nd child is just 2, and she was 9lbs 10oz and she was born moments after my first push, when I began to vomit and she just came on out! lol Sometimes I want to find that mean old nurse and tell her that :)

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