We love our techs and couldn't do without them. We are an LDRP unit. Our techs do not do much with any undelivered patient. However, on delivered patients, they do vitals, help with showers and bag baths, empty foley bags, get patients up, bring babies back and forth, feed babies and sit in the nursery on occasion, draw bloods, pick up patients, take patients off the floor for tests, stock rooms, enter information in the computers, do hearing screenings on babies, change beds, clean rooms (especially when there is no cleaning person on), order supplies and most important, they are our scrub techs for our c/sections. They are a vital part of our unit and we rely on them to be our extra pair of eyes in picking up patient problems. I am sure I am forgetting a ton of other things!
They do not weigh babies or do any vital signs at all on infants. Techs have no part in formal maternal or infant assessments. They have made some very good pick-ups in the past, however, discovering problems before the RN. For that we are very grateful!
When we do not have a tech on, the nurses really appreciate them even more beause we realize how mjuch they do for us to make it batter for our moms and babies!