Tuesday, May 12, 2009

First day of preceptoring...


was sooo horrible. Not because of the babies (they are amazingly adorable), not because of my preceptor, she is wonderful. But because of massive pain.
I don't know if I've mentioned that I have ongoing back pain, (I probably have...) that is only managed by exercise and stretching, and that's pretty limited. I am okay if I'm moving, walking or sitting (unless it's for hours upon hours...you know like studying!), but the WORST thing for my back is standing still, and standing and leaning. Guess what you do alll day in mother/baby? A whooooooole lot of standing and leaning. There is a lot of teaching, coaching (w/nursing etc.) and you stand for 20 min. at a time. I felt like crying most of the day, the pain was so bad. I had a reeeally hard time concentrating, and learning everything I needed to learn, it was all so new. So I call my clinical teacher, but my phone won't work, so I send him a text. Then my phone dies, great. Well this morning I received his voicemail to me saying I'm pretty much stuck there. So I will call him this morning, I will work out my back, but I could reeeeally use your prayers pleeeeease! I go back tomorrow. It really would be a great rotation if I wasn't in pain. Thanks so much everyone.

P.S. Just talked to my clinical instructor, and I am stuck there. I will modify my day and talk to my preceptors, I may even bring a stool for my foot (helps relieve some pressure) and buy a back support today, just in case. Urgh. Please pray for me, thanks.

9 comments:

Lorie said...

I don't know why they have a slot in OB for precept!! I have back pain off and on so I can sympathize and say I understand!! When I have floated to the ER that is all we do... stand all day holding up a wall. My feet and back kill me by the end of the day! Will say some prayers for you.

Heather said...

thanks Lori!

laura.d. said...

I start my first day of preceptorship tomorrow...super nervous. I hope your back feels better soon!

LivingDeadNurse said...

having back surgery myself...make sure you have the best shoes...2 if you can get a TENS unit its a blessing in disguise. I hope your back gets better...nursing can put a toll on it. Believe me thats why i had to have surgery...pretty layout btw

ann said...

Dear Lord Jesus - Please heal Heather. She needs your strength. Help her back Lord, and if need be change her preceptorship to a floor that won't be so hard on her back.

Amen

Laurel Ann said...

I'm sorry. No good drugs?!?

hope2brn said...

Wow Heather that really stinks. I hope you have a better day. I dont really have any good advice but I can send a prayer up for you .. I also wrote a post on the whole NCLEX thing and the more I think about it, I really think I have blocked out alot of the hard stuff. At this point I am just glad I passed. But I really believe that it is the stress that makes it so hard.Good luck and I hope your back feels better...

Spazz RN said...

Hey! I am visiting your page from someone elses blog. I just graduated from nursing school (preparing for the NCLEX) and I did my preceptorship in OB too! Sorry about the backpain though. I can't imagine. I would love to follow you and see the parallels in our nursing worlds! LOL Take care and good luck!

Amy
SpazzRN.blogspot.com

TracyKM said...

You can buy a little stool that is no bigger than a cane...it's a small seat on a single leg. Check out hiking stores or medical supply stores.
Hope you find some relief.