Quote from BirthCenterRN
When we staff for "undelivered" pt's we are 1:1 for unstable (usually the first 24-48 hours, 1:2 for stable but frequent/cont efm, 1:3 for very stable nst q4 or qshift.
Where I am, all those pts would still be kept in L/D. Our 'stable' (guess that depends on how you define it) antepartums are mixed in with mother/baby.
Usually we don't give more than one AP to a nurse but lately we've had so many admitted that several nurses end up with 2, along with 2-3 couplets.
That said, we get our APs after they're really stable (and we like it when they stay that way
). Most of ours are NST daily or BID. Rarely have I seen an NST run TID. Some are even less - like q Mon & Thurs. Depends on what they're in for.
I agree with you, BirthCenter. We get so attached to our APs. They really do become like family and if we come back and one of our long-termers has delivered on our days off, we get bummed. There is one that we are all particularly attached to right now - she PPROMed at 25 weeks and now she is pushing 34.
Happy that she's lasted this long and but will miss her when she goes.