well baby nursery RNs... - page 3

What does a typical shift consist of? I am a telemetry/med surg RN of seven years and I have an offer to transfer to the nursery. I will be working nights. Any input would be appreciated.... Read More

  1. by   Jme2007
    I am new to the nursery for 2 months now and our nursery is small and can accomodate up to 8 babies as we only staff with 1 nurse at a time. When I was hired, I was oriented that it was a "family oriented" hospital and that they encourage bonding, skin to skin immediately after birth, and breastfeeding (if the mom wishes). I was oriented days and the day nurses do encourage this but when I went to nights, different story. They dont advocate for their patients, but themselves IMHO. If they bring a baby to me so mom can get her rest, I call them and say, "baby is due to breastfeed", and 99% of the time their reply is, "mom says its okay to give bottle". If this happened more seldomly, I would think that they are encouraging breastfeeding but this is not the case. Also, if they get the babies in the nursery by Midnight, the post-partum nurses don't have to do the assessments in the middle of the night. So I think this is why they dont encourage "rooming-in". And yes, I have been met with resistance from the post-partum nurses because I am trying to follow what I was taught and trying to represent the hospital to the best of my abilities. I am one versus many. What to do? :deadhorse