Do you stick around?

  1. Do you stay with a laboring pt even if your shift is up? Do you let a nurse take over unless she's close to delivering?

    I've seen in most cases that a nurse will stay, or the NM changes her to a 12hr shift so that she can get paid. Do you do unpaid overtime? Most nurses here won't stay unless they get paid.
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    If delivery is fairly imminent, I will stay. But I already work 12 hours and we are NOT allowed overtime UNLESS it is VERY busy, so unless it is close, I cannot stay. If I have bonded especially well with a laboring family (and often I do) I DO hang around for the birth, whenever possible. Or if it is going to be a while, I do turn over care to the next shift/nurse, reassuring the family they are in good hands. And VERY OFTEN, I call from home to check in to see how things went and to send my best wishes to the new family.
  4. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I don't usually stay. We are also not allowed OT unless it is approved by our manager. I also already work 12's. I'd love to be able to stay, but it's usually not possible,
  5. by   cindyln
    I don't stay. I too already work 12 hour shifts and that is long enough for me.
  6. by   mark_LD_RN
    I almost always stay, I punch out and stay for free if i have to,especially for some patients who insist i stay. I also have a few patients that i promise to be their with them for their labor and delivery. they get my home number and I come in for them even with out pay.
  7. by   fergus51
    I stay when delivery is imminent. I will not stay for the primeps who just reached fully though....
  8. by   FutureRN~Pookie
    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    I almost always stay, I punch out and stay for free if i have to,especially for some patients who insist i stay. I also have a few patients that i promise to be their with them for their labor and delivery. they get my home number and I come in for them even with out pay.

    You're the kind of nurse I want when I have kids! ~Kacy
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I would do that too, Mark, except I have a family waiting for me at home who needs me even more than my patients do. And yanno after reading your post, I felt like crap for just a millisecond.

    THEN, I remembered a few things and priorities....I have stayed quite a while after shift more than on one occasion, but I am very cognitive of the needs of my growing kids (who are growing up too damn quickly), and husband and they always will come first.

    As it is, The kids' dad is military and, he works late and on weekends oftentimes, not to mention, he is out of town on many occasions. So I am not able to dedicate myself in the way I want to, or the way you do. That is why I work perdiem, too.

    Til my dh retires from the USAF, this is the way it will have to be and folks (patients and coworkers) will have to understand. I can only be one place at a time. KIDDOS come first while they are growing up. No compromises here. I guess all the accolades and praise for being a super nurse will have to wait til my kids are grown.

    Not to take anything away from you, Mark, but I can't do what you do. Nursing is lucky to have a few like you. I can't be among those esteemed ranks, sadly....I have too much going on at home. My time there is TOO precious to spend it "off the clock" at work. sigh....
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 10, '03
  10. by   NurseAngie
    Deb,
    Ahh...you are a super nurse. You have your priorities right for YOU. It's all that matters. :kiss

    ~Angie
  11. by   L&D.RN
    Good response Deb! I also stay over in certain circumstances, such as delivery within the 1/2 hour. I also have kiddies at home that need help getting ready for school etc. I would love to stay lots of times, and the hospital has never said a word when we stay late, but at the point that I'm at in my life, it isn't always feasible for me or for my family. Today I felt bad leaving, and my pt was only 2 cm!! Sometimes it just depends on the patient and the bond you form.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Thanks for your support ladies. Mark, I am not putting you down, but I felt kind of bad after your last post, I guess and wanted to remember what is important to me........please don't take it as looking for a fight.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    I will usually stay if birth is imminent but I do OB very seldom since we only have about 10 deliveries a month. Also, I get overtime if I stay. Our manager is great about making sure we get paid what we actually work. If I have to work through my lunch, I get paid for that.

    It also depends on how well I've bonded. I stayed one time for 16 hours waiting on the delivery of a fetus that had died at 4 months gestation. I offered to do if for free but the boss said no way . . . the patient and I had really gotten close in that small amount of time and it was hard for her to trust someone else. The patients come first here. I love that.

    Actually I'm waiting for a call now . . . . night shift is short and there may be an OB coming in . . . .

    Having said the above, I have to say that my family must come first. That is why I'm only working part-time now.
  14. by   mark_LD_RN
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    Thanks for your support ladies. Mark, I am not putting you down, but I felt kind of bad after your last post, I guess and wanted to remember what is important to me........please don't take it as looking for a fight.
    so Deb you looking for a fight huh? well you will not find it with me just kidding

    hey deb did not post it to make anyone feel bad. I may have failed to mention that i do not do it for all patients just a few I feeel would really benifet from me staying. sometimes i to have to say no, as i have a wife and kids that do come first. I am just lucky enough to have schedules that allow me to work like i do and see my wife and kids and my kids are older 21,19,and 7 so i have more flexability.not to mention i don't need much sleep

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