I just heard this analogy and thought that it totally applies to us Labor and Delivery nurses and any other kind of nurse..... when stuff goes down ( and you know what I mean) we all must act like a duck.... Calm on the outside, but paddling our feet as fast as we can under the water. I can totally relate to this. I know when we are stating someone back to the OR this is exactly what I feel like. I am trying to hard to stay calm but on the inside I am constantly thinking "what next," "hurry up," or "please God let this turn out ok" or running my brain on what to do next to make the emergency go faster. But of course we cannot act like we are scared or freak out in front of our patients. This is the time to be reassuring, calm and collected so that we can think things through and let our patients feel like they are in good hands. Nothing is worse than a nurse who completely freaks out during an emergency situation.
One of the greatest thing that I appreciate about the hospital that I work at is that when a true emergency does happen, we all act as a team and do whatever we can to help that nurse get that patient back to the OR fast. This is such a reassuring feeling to know that you have skilled nurses to back you up and help you out. So thank you co workers, you are all truly an honor to work with! And remember nurses to act like a duck!