I think going through the below mentioned points will help you answer your own question:
- Being able to make quick judgments and shift you priorities. You better not be a nurse who likes routine or being able to plan out his or her day. For the most part, there is no such thing in L&D. You need to be a bit of an adrenaline junky, and need to be able to think and act at the same time.
- Being a good team player and communicating clearly with others.
- Having some assertiveness AND diplomacy skills so you can be a true advocate for your patients and deal successfully with docs.
- Dealing with diverse patients and families with varying needs and expectations.
- Being able to quickly "connect" with women and support them in a trying time.
- Skills: Labor support; safety with epidurals; reading & interpreting fetal monitors; learning how to do accurate vaginal exams so you can detect good or poor progress; being able to recognize fetal malpresentations by doing Leopolds and be VE; Knowing what to do to facilitate rotating an OP or solving asynclitism; promoting prgress in labor.
- Knowledge: maternal physiology, vital signs, lab changes in pregancy and labor; fetal response to labor; stages of labor, and womens' behavior and needs at each point in labor; family dynamics; pathophysiology in high risk OB (gest DM, preeclampsia, abruption, previa, PPROM, preterm labor, etc.); pros & cons of various pain managment strategies; what to expect in Mom and NB in the immediate post-delivery period; NB resuscitation; facilitating breastfeeding
- Know you drugs: Pitocin, magnesium sulfate, hemabate, cytotec, nifedipine, mehtergine, cervidil, terbutaline, nalbuphine, butorphanol, and more