Hmm, this happened to me. As a patient. Way back in the days (three years ago
) before I was a L & D nurse. I was G2 P1. My nurse checked me, said "You're 7. I'll call the midwife." I climbed out of bed and said "I HAVE to go to the bathroom NOW!" (HHMM, does that make anyone think twice??? lol) I proceeded to stay in there for 20 min until my friend (an OB tech) DRUG ME, against my will
back to bed. The midwife came in as I was walking back to bed. I put one leg on the bed and let out "the grunt" all good labor nurses KNOW means the baby is coming and pushed her out (in the caul) as I was climbing into bed. Where was my nurse? OH, she went home EARLY!!!! ARRGGHH
Actually, at the time I didn't really care. I couldn't believe I pushed her out so quickly after pushing forever with my first.
The moral of the story is: I am EXTREMELY careful to have everything ready for the shift following me AND I (of course) stick around for imminent deliveries.
I now work the shift following this nurse you can bet I check on her patients right away!