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babysugar Diaries: Nurses in Training

A regular at the nonstress test clinic, the staff and I have become rather familiar with each other. Yesterday, however, I met a new clinician in training. Nice as could be, she was clearly not as experienced as the other ladies. First, she squirted ice cold gel on my belly instead of the typically warmed substance. As she began to rub the wand over my stomach, I told her that we were keeping the gender a surprise. She said, "Well that's good because I probably wouldn't be able to tell you anyway!" I shot my husband a look across the room. If the technician can't tell me the difference between a boy and a girl baby at 37 weeks, what exactly can she tell?

Often the best way to learn something is to use a hands-on approach, which was clearly the method being practiced. I was happy to be lab rat for the afternoon, but I also felt a tad cheated. Maybe by next week's visit, and God please let there be one, she will have it all figured out or maybe, just maybe, I'll see one of my old friends instead.

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jessie jessie 8 years
for some reason....when i had all three of my kids...there was always a newbie, they would ask do you mind if... and i didn't mind...they gotta learn somehow! :)
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
When I asked my Dr about the training for ultrasound machine when I was pregnant, he said their is a lot to know and a lot of training anyone couldn't just take it and do whatever (this is when Tom Cruise decided to buy one). If she was new, she was probably still taking classes and studying on how to use it.
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
Speaking as a new nurse, THANK YOU for putting up with being a lab rat. We learn so much more from hands on clinical experience than any other method. Think of it this way, if the clinic decided that you were a good patient for her to learn on, you must be textbook perfect! When I was in clinicals, I would usually introduce myself and open with a comment like that to lighten the mood and reinforce that I was still learning!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I'm sorry, my daughter hit post. *lol* As I was saying, during my NSTs they very clearly said that they wouldn't be able to tell gender, it's just not something they look for. The tech who does the structural u/s are trained to look for it, nurses who perform NSTs generally aren't. At least here. I wouldn't call her inept. Maybe she should've had someone supervising her, but that's hardly her fault.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
"If the technician can't tell me the difference between a boy and a girl baby at 37 weeks, what exactly can she tell?" The heartrate is strong and steady, the fluid levels are normal, movements look good. NSTs aren't for finding out gender anyway, dur`i
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