RN Lactation Experts To Be Replaced

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    Susan J. DiMario suspected things were not going as well as described in medical notes the minute she walked into the new mother's hospital room.

    Although everything looked fine the baby was cradled in its mother's arms with its mouth at her breast and the mother told Ms. DiMario, a registered nurse and board-certified lactation consultant since 1986, that the baby had been feeding for about an hour, it turned out the baby had not had a proper feeding for about 12 hours.

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    Ridiculous, just another hospital trying to save a buck. I am a vet tech and I decided to go to school to become a nurse because I wanted higher standards, better patient care, more responsiblities, better organization/management, etc. From what I am hearing nursing is worse than just about any pet hospital I have worked at! Seems like everyday they are taking more and more patient care away from nurses until we become basically just an organizer of care. I thought vets could be penny pinchers but I have never seen a vet cut cost at the expese of patient care. Pets (even in very high volume clinics) get lab results either immediately or the next day, a vet tech will follow through with every aspect of patient care from the moment the pet walks in the door til they walk out and it is usually the same vet tech, etc. pets get better medical care than people!
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    Yes, I am disturbed about this, nurses add some much more . Perhaps non nurses can function well with healthy babies and mothers, but these are high risk mothers and premature babies.
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    I have said it before, and I will say it again- the name of the game is to eliminate nurses in as many situations as possible. They will not stop until they until there are nurses in name only, and we really do not exist.

    These nurses have to do what teachers have done for ever- they need to join together, contact the media, their present and former patients, and make a BIG PUBLIC STINK. MAKE SURE THAT THE TV CAMERAS ARE THERE, THE NEWSPAPERS, AND AS MANY NEWS STATIONS THAT THEY CAN CONTACT!! Have it in a really big public place, invite the public, have balloons for kids and candy. Offer free BP checks, etc, Invite and involve the public. Hand out brochures with information on the subject!

    Hospitals are counting on nurses going down without a whimper. Take a clue from teachers. They make plenty of noise when their jobs are threatened. THAT is why teachers always get their way. If they let them get away with this, it WILL get worse, and no ones job will be safe.

    They are trying to "wean", the public from having nurses at their bedside, at doctors' offices, (they seem to have already accomplished this), giving flu shots in clinics, in the schools, etc. At every turn, the nursing profession is being erased from our professional practice.

    Folks, stand up and be counted!!

    JMHO and my NY $0.02.
    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
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    UMass Memorial has laid off a bunch of nurses this year, so I'm not surprised.

    UMass Memorial is a union facility, so I wonder what the MNA (whatever they're called now) has to say about this.
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    Why is it a, "womens' service", that is cut off? Is it maybe that they just do not believe that services exclusively benefitting women, is not important?

    It reminds me of the past, when HS and college sports teams had VERY different importance ($$$), attached to them. Mens teams had the best of the best, interms of practice areas, equipment, supplies, etc, and the womens teams had the left over junk. It took Title 9, to change the situation.

    Perhaps a meeting with a lawyer with a suggestion of gender discrimination, would be in order.

    JMHO (as usual), and my NY $0.02.
    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
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    I'd just like to say that I had a RN lactation consultant to work very hard with me all five times I had my children. She was ESPECIALLY helpful with my first child. She even allowed me to come back and consult with her after my child and I were discharged. I had had pre enclampsia, had mag sulfate (sp?), and was a wreck because I couldnt get breastfeeding to go right. I think she had all that time to work with me because, sadly, few women were breastfeeding when I was at the hospital. I think having a quality consultant helps more women decide to breastfeed, and enable them to breastfeed their child longer.
    GooeyRN, vintagemother, and lindarn like this.
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    To be the fly in the ointment, is there anything a nurse in particular brings to the table that a similarly educated and experienced non-nurse doesn't?
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    Quote from usalsfyre
    To be the fly in the ointment, is there anything a nurse in particular brings to the table that a similarly educated and experienced non-nurse doesn't?
    First of all a non-nurse will NOT be similarly educated. The nurse "brings to the table" the knowlege and experience to deal with specific medical issues which may affect breastfeeding in both the infant and the mother. She/he will have the assessment skills to recognize these issues and respond to them which a non-medically trained person probably (likely) will not. She/he will have access to the specific medical records of those patients.
    GooeyRN, AmericanRN, nursel56, and 5 others like this.
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    Has anyone at UMASS looked into how many hours an RN has to put in as a lactation educator in order to be certified? It's about a years worth of work hours, plus continuing education in lactation only to remain certified.

    What are these private companies bringing to the table? The private company mentioned in the article also has an agreement to provide breast pumps to the facility. Isn't that a conflict of interest? "Oh, you can't get the baby to suckle at the breast? Why not use this fancy hospital-grade breast pump instead, and we will charge you only $200 a month for rental! We can even arrange for it to be delivered to your home!"
    oklahomagal, Elvish, and lindarn like this.

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