First of 3, after 1 off...gotta love the extra on the paycheck, right? When I showed up for work, I had 2 recoveries...and then I hear the wonderful news that the new plan to cover all the short staffing is...to float more labor nurses to postpartum!!! Now isn't that just a way to solve all our problems? So all us new nurses get to be the first ones "cross-trained" to mom/baby. I will do it, because I have to, but let me just say this:
#1 I became a LABOR nurse
#2 The biggest downfall of a delivery is the 2hr recovery period
#3 Since I do those 2hr recoveries...isn't that postpartum?
#4 Why is it L&D's job to cover the short staffing of Mom/Baby?
Ok, I'm done complaining :)
So, as I'm walking over to PP after moving my recoveries I'm hard-core praying for a triage. And one shows up! :) ROL who was scheduled for an AM induction, her cervix didn't change in an hr and a half, but then she had 2 nice little variables so I tucked her in for the night.
Then as I'm tucking her in I got the sweetest couple down the hallway. Mom was going all natural for the second time around, she did great! I felt bad for her that she didn't get her doctor, but she was a rockstar. Very vocal, but hey, if that's what it takes that's what it takes!!
She bled a little in recovery so I kept her for an extra hour or so. Meanwhile I got another 37wk triage. Put the baby on the monitor and it was flat with a heart rate in the 210's! Just a little high. Mom had a fever, so after we got that calmed down, gave some tylenol and some antibiotics she was looking much better when I left.
I got the C/S ready for this morning too. 6 patients in a night...that will teach them to float me to mom/baby! Well...at least until my next shift. I'm afraid I'd rather just do it then to worry and stress about it every time I come in. So I'll bite the bullet and push on some fundus' for 12 hrs...
Babies today: 1f
Babies total: 48M/50F = 98
Vag:36M/39F = 75
C/S: 12M11F = 23
Babies 'caught' = 1f1/2m