is labor and delivery and OB really a specialty? - page 3
i worked a different floor the other night and found it interesting that the nurses I worked with thought L&D/OB was not a specialty area at all. they said all we do is hold babies and play nurse.... Read More
Oct 29, '02Occupation: HOSPITAL BASED LACTATION CONSULTANT Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 8Dear Mark: Welcome to L/D--it is great that a male is providing care in our very special area of nursing. I would love to get your views on initiating breastfeeding. Oh, breastfeeding requires holding babies--tough for some to view this as an important part of nursing.
Yours in lactation,
Oct 29, '02Occupation: Entrepreneur, L&D RN Joined: Apr '00; Posts: 70; Likes: 3Originally posted by HazeK
uh, you'll notice that here on allnurses.com that Labor & Delivery/OB nursing is NOT considered a Critical Care unit....whereas, Neonatal Nursing is!
(sorry for grumbling...but I'm pretty adamant that L&D is very, very much a critical care area! ANYTHING can go wrong at ANY time....and often does! Critical thinking skills are essential to being a good L&D RN!)
at least, thank goodness, the L&D staff get an "ICU salary differential"!
In other hospitals, L&D actually keeps OB patients on vents and with art lines, etc. Then, you are a critical care RN, if you are trained to take care of them.
Neonatal Nurses (unless specified as only level 1 trained), however, are considered ICU nurses, because they are trained on all of that ICU equipment.
I think of myself more comparable to an ER nurse, working in L&D...except that I might care for my patients longer and more intensively than they typically do. :-)
Oct 31, '02Occupation: registered nurse Joined: Nov '01; Posts: 1,083; Likes: 14Originally posted by LCDEBBIE
Dear Mark: Welcome to L/D--it is great that a male is providing care in our very special area of nursing. I would love to get your views on initiating breastfeeding. Oh, breastfeeding requires holding babies--tough for some to view this as an important part of nursing.
Yours in lactation,
it may be tough for some to view , but breastfeeding is an important part of nursing care.ispend a lot of time with new moms helping them breast feed and learn proper breast care, usually try to get them to nurse with in one hour of delivery.
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