aren't there any uncomplicated births anymore?? - page 2

I can't understand what is going on! There is a joke that I have a 'black cloud' around me! This past two days, I have had a patient with about a 500cc hemorrhage, a pt that spiked fever, chest... Read More

  1. by   magz53
    Doesn't it boggle the mind of all of us that variations of this same thread continue to be a concern to caring intelligent nurses ?? Is there a hospital anywhere that has adequate staffing ?? Why are we so powerless to change things ?? Why can't we command the respect that our work deserves ?? Is there anyone in management out there lurking on these boards who could possibly give us some insight ? Nurses are leaving hospitals for all of these reasons. We are unable to give the care we know we are capable of giving and that the patients deserve. Rare is the evening I go home feeling satisfied with the care I gave............so stretched to the limit are we all. Some of us are working in small hospitals and the "city" hospitals are too far of a drive to be feasible to work. From what I see on these boards, they may be no better staffed. We keep sharing horror stories and while it may comfort us to know we are not alone, nothing changes. I would never encourage anyone to enter into the field as patient care seems to be management's lowest priority under cost containment and 100 other things. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  2. by   allpcn
    re:aren't there any uncomplicated births any more??

    I've been doing L&D for several years. I love it. I've had nights with ruptured uterus, home birth of 25 wk and Mom is bleeding out, a stat c/s in ER as they are performing cpr on mom, I personally have delivered many babies because they walk in the door with thick mec and crowning. It's exciting to bring a baby back from deaths door. The thing you have to remember is L&D is almost always an emergency situation. If you don't like the adrenaline go to a floor that has separate L&D, PP, an Nursery. There is nothing wrong with not liking the stat situations. Find a place that works for you. For me Ilove the the stats. PP and well baby are too dull. Keep in mind though it takes years to feel even a little comfortable in a L&D and even then no one that is any good feels totally comfortable because there is always something new.

    Uncomplicated births are treats we all wait for, but in reality no birth is totally uncomplicated.
  3. by   Ado Annie
    I have to say "Thank God for those interventions when they are needed."

    I honestly don't think that all 3 of us would have survived if I'd had my babies before the advent of modern medical science. (hypertension, baby A was breech, postpartum hemorrhage)....
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Interventions when needed are good. But I see too many that are not needed and simply elective. And this concerns me. Obviously, there are high risk cases or problems that require urgent intervention. This is not what I and others are venting about, however.
  5. by   MIA-RN1
    Quote from allpcn
    re:aren't there any uncomplicated births any more??

    I've been doing L&D for several years. I love it. I've had nights with ruptured uterus, home birth of 25 wk and Mom is bleeding out, a stat c/s in ER as they are performing cpr on mom, I personally have delivered many babies because they walk in the door with thick mec and crowning. It's exciting to bring a baby back from deaths door. The thing you have to remember is L&D is almost always an emergency situation. If you don't like the adrenaline go to a floor that has separate L&D, PP, an Nursery. There is nothing wrong with not liking the stat situations. Find a place that works for you. For me Ilove the the stats. PP and well baby are too dull. Keep in mind though it takes years to feel even a little comfortable in a L&D and even then no one that is any good feels totally comfortable because there is always something new.

    Uncomplicated births are treats we all wait for, but in reality no birth is totally uncomplicated.
    I hear you, but I DO work PostPartum!!

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