I was looking for a cartoon to accompany this post, but none that I found do this topic justice.
Just for the record, let me say that the following conversation really happened, and yes, it made me very uncomfortable. Call me old-fashioned, but I don't think they teach you this in nursing school:
"Hi, Monica? I'm going to be taking care of you tonight."
"Just let me start by saying, I'm NOT incompetent...."
Huh? Who says this to a patient?!
She went on to explain that she'd been a nurse for many, many years, but that she was just finishing up her orientation on the antepartum ward, and she was very open with the fact that she wasn't "really familiar" with babies when their still "cooking."
Again, NOT something you say to a patient who is trying her best to successfully "cook" her baby!
Please, no one take it upon themselves to come to my rescue. I obviously made it through the night, and there was another (competent) nurse watching my back, so, no harm no foul. =) Just thought I'd pass along this little gem.