A nurse who knits…

November 17, 2007

It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks

Filed under: Nursing — yarnnut @ 12:33 am

I am having a hard time adjusting to my new job. Labor and delivery nursing is sooo much different from telemetry. Different patient population, different procedures, different charting… I thought it would be easier for me to transition than a new grad but I think I may be having a harder time! I saw a bunch of babies born this week which made my discomfort worth it. I’m sure I’ll become more comfortable as I get to work with my preceptor. These last two weeks have been spent in “skills days”. We’re doing things like observing postpartum, the OR, PACU, etc. That was a good experience but there were days that I think were better spent with a preceptor.

I’ve been knitting in my spare time. I completed two squares for the San Diego wildfires blanket project. They are having a big joining party tomorrow but I don’t know who I can give my squares to. I have to work tomorrow so I can’t join in on the fun. My Charlotte’s web shawl is so close to done that I can taste it. I’ll probably be done this weekend and I’ll post a pic then.

I miss my Wednesday knitting group. I think I can join them at a meeting in December. Yeah!!! I hope everyone had a great week.



  1. I’m sure it will get easier once you are working with your preceptor. I am SO excited for you. Just think – a year from now, you will be feeling so comfortable as an L&D nurse, and you will hardly remember this early time when it all felt so “new”.

    I, for one, am eagerly awaiting all your L&D stories – it was my favorite rotation in nursing school!!

    Comment by Kristina — November 17, 2007 @ 1:59 am | Reply

  2. It will be like old times! (I’m out of town on Dec.19th. Hoping it’s not that particular Wed!!)

    Comment by Sharon — November 17, 2007 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

  3. Change is always tough since as humans we like to stay in “our own sphere or zone”. Once you get used to it, it will be like old times again.

    Comment by doc — November 21, 2007 @ 1:41 am | Reply

  4. you are going to be just fine. any nursing position takes at least 6 months to feel comfortable in. in a year you will be a pro and amazed at what you know and can do w/o thinking.

    Comment by nittingram — November 21, 2007 @ 6:05 am | Reply

  5. Good luck on L&D – I worked Tele for 6 months, just didn’t care for it. It probably wasn’t the best choice for me right out of nursing school, but I did learn a lot, and loved my coworkers. Hated 12-hour nights, just couldn’t handle the D/N shift changes physically.

    Found you via Ravelry. Wonderful Kaigu shawl!

    Good luck on L&D!

    Comment by Dawn — December 9, 2007 @ 3:49 am | Reply

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