I will give you a glimpse at a night shift in our LDRP department. I receive my pt. assignment which can consist of a mixed bag of various types of patients. Mother/baby, triage, labor, post-surgical, preterms on mag, etc. After report I prioritize who need my care first. If a labor is in progress I assess the pt./fetus and make certain all equipment is in the room and working (nothing worse than a warmer which isn't stocked with necessary resuscitation supplies or one that doesn't warm). I then proceed to assess the other patients, medicate, etc. My labor could swiftly turn to a c/s, a preterm ROM might need to be shipped, my baby might end up in the nursery with RDS or something of that nature.
We do not deliver high risk pts., but things can change at a minutes notice. Teaching is also a big part of my job. Assisting with breastfeeding, assisting MD's with deliveries, c/s, various procedures for mom and baby. We must be able to perform any role in our scope of practice in our OR and recovery room.
Never a dull moment on our floor. If things are slow we do get cut back unless we float to another department.