Thank you for your response. We have approx 1200 deliveries per year. A few of the other PP/GYN staff have suggested amongst ourselves that this might be a role the charge nurse could assist with. Just trying to get an idea of how some other smaller facilities handle their deliveries.
Yes, I did use the term “forced”, mainly because we will be forced to leave our assignment/pt load, go to L&D for the delivery and then return to our pts on Postpartum/Gyn unit. This is why we feel it is “forced”. I don’t feel like any nurse wants to leave their pt load on a routine basis to go to deliveries. This not only will be stressing the “catch nurse”, the nurse who is left to take care of 2 pt loads, but most importantly, we fear pt attention/care will suffer greatly. I used the term forced Bc it is not something any of us want to be pulled throughout the shift to go do and then come back and try to play catch up with all of our originally assigned pts. In addition, this is the circumstances in which we will be trained. We will not get isolated training days/hours. We will be pulled from our assignments to go train for these deliveries. I’m truly concerned for my patients and my license. Again thank you for any input! We are just trying to gain understanding and input from others who have maybe gone through the same experience.