Quote from canoehead
How much do you want to bet the OP's manager will tell her that the supervisor, or an Rn from another floor is always available in an emergency?
This raises all kinds of infection control issues. It is inappropriate for a nurse to be pulled to OB from med/surg, peds, ER, or any other unit where s/he has had contact with infected patients. And these days, who isn't infected with something? Even with universal precautions, it is necessary for the
nurse to shower, change clothes, and scrub prior to working on the OB unit. In the case of an abruption, prolapsed cord, or precipitous delivery, we all know that ain't gonna happen.
I would also get the OBs on your side. Do they know that they are admitting their patients to a unit that is not properly staffed to handle emergencies? It hospital administration truly believes that their staffing plan is safe and adequate, then ask them to put it in writing to the attending physicians and potential patients. It would read something like this, "Our beautiful birthing unit is staff by highly qualified professional nurses who will provide 1:1 care to you during your labor, unless you happen to arrive in the middle of the night. Then we suggest that you call ahead so that we can phone your nurse at home and ask her to get here before you do.