Hey everyone! I am currently a postpartum and L&D nurse in Iowa but looking to move in 1.5 years once i have 3 years experience. I just want to broaden my horizons a bit. I love the unit I work for many reasons; great teamwork, birthing suites pts stay from admission until discharge, ability to be cross trained in PP and LD, 1:1 nurse: pt ratio for labor pts, high census: average 26,000 babies per year, and a level ll nicu. I am trying to find a unit with most of these qualities. Any information will be well appreciated In relation to the unit, the hospital, salary, and city. Thanks everyone!
May 6, '12
by klone, BSN, RN
There aren't any hospitals in Denver that have that many deliveries. I would say the hospitals with the highest census probably have around 6000 deliveries a year. The University does around 5000. I would guess Denver Health does more (I just googled, and the answer I got was 3500, but I don't know what year that was).
26,000 babies a year? In Iowa? Wow. Is that like the only L&D unit in the entire tri-state area?
There are lots of hospitals with Level II NICUs, and a few with Level III. I know that Avista in Louisville (far northern suburbs, closer to Boulder than Denver) has LDRP suites, I don't know about any other hospitals. I personally don't care for LDRP setups, I prefer LDRs, and having postpartum as a separate room, but that's just me, I'm weird that way.
As far as ratio goes, for most hospitals a 1:1 ratio in labor is a dream, IME, except during second stage, unless you're overstaffed. I don't think AWHONN guidelines specify 1:1 ratio except during second stage or in certain situations anyway (MgSO4 administration), do they?
Last edit by klone on May 6, '12