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    Postpartum Male Nurse

    I wish we had male nurses on my postpartum floor! With our entire patient population being female and staff being female, there is way too much estrogen on the floor. Having a male nurse would be a nice change.
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    IV fluids after C/S, am I wrong???

    I actually did. My nurse friend (different hospital), her husband is the anesthesiologist at my hospital. I asked her the same question and she ran it by her husband. And they both agreed with me. I guess I needed more validation. LOL :)
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    IV fluids after C/S, am I wrong???

    Yes, I did interpret the IV access as "keep the IV in and patent!" not "keep the fluids running"! I'm curious if other postpartum floors are running IV fluids as long as these nurses are. The night shift nurses give me such appalled looks when I tell them I saline locked them. It makes me feel like I'm doing something wrong!
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    IV fluids after C/S, am I wrong???

    I am new to the hospital I am working at and they seem to run IV fluids for 24 hrs regardless how the pt is tolerating fluids. When I get a fresh C/S, the pt is on slow pit and IV fluids. If the pt is tolerating fluids well, not nauseated or throwing up, great bowel sounds, doing exceptionally well, I cut off the fluids about mid-day and continue with liquids to full liquids...etc. When I give report to the night nurse, they seem absolutely appalled. I explain to them that they are taking fluids PO and tolerating very well ...give them the whole above scenario but I can tell they are not happy or don't agree with what I did. Finally I asked one day shift nurse and she said that it is anasthesia's order to continue IV fluids for 24 hours. We look at the orders and I point out the part that says "discontinue IV if tolerating PO". She then points to another section that says, "keep IV access for 24 hrs" and says, "see that means keep fluids for 24 hrs." I do not agree with her translation of that order. What is the rational for keeping fluids going for 24 hrs if they are drinking fluids fine and output if fine...perfect scenerio basically. The entire unit practices like this so it makes me second guess what I am doing. 20 nurses vs 1. Advice/opinions please! Thanks!
  5. I am a postpartum/L&D nurse that is interested in becoming a certified diabetes educator (diabetes has always interested me when I was a nursing student!). I have been speaking with our diabetes educator at my hospital and she is going to try to get me in and she said she will train me personally. :) However,I am sure there is going to be some interview process with the manager and I rarely deal with diabetic patients on my floor. My only experience is with GDM's and they don't eat in labor and after they are delivered, they are virtually "cured"! I've never done med surg/ICU/telemetry/etc where nurses would see more diabetic patients than I do. And it's been a while since I've been in nursing school. I have been reading up on medications, type 1 vs 2, DKA, etc as a refresher. Any tips on what topics I should refresh my memory on. Thank you!! :)
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    ICU RN to L&D RN

    I agree with cayenne06, I would start in L&D. You will learn some baby stuff in L&D but won't learn any L&D skills in nursery.
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    Do not like L&D!!

    I've been working as an LDRP RN (Labor & Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum RN) for 1 year and I can not get over the stress and anxiety. It is becoming painfully obvious that I was not cut out to do this. I don't mind the postpartum part because the mom is already delivered and it is not as stressful. I'm thinking about applying for postpartum jobs but I'm still anxious about it. I work in a tiny rural hospital and we do everything from admission to discharge. I am not sure how seperate L&D/postpartum units are like in bigger hospitals. When do postpartum nurses take over? Do postpartum nurses recover the patient after vaginal births and c/s? Or do the labor nurses do that? Most hemorrhages I see are immediately after birth and I can't see how it would be safe to transfer the pt out immediately after birth. Any postpartum nurses out there that can tell me in detail what your job is like? Thanks!!!
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    New grad starting L&D position. Advice on how to prepare!

    Thanks Kayla! I will definitely purchase this book!
  9. I am starting my new LDRP (L&D, Recovery, & Post Partum) position in 2 1/2 weeks. I plan on reviewing my L&D textbook from school to refresh my memory, but is there any other books I can purchase that will help me out. I don't want to seem like a complete idiot when I start the job!! I am so excited and nervous at the same time!! Thanks!
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    L&D Interview!!! Freaking out!!!

    I'm now wishing you the best of luck!!! I hope you get it too!!
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    L&D Interview!!! Freaking out!!!

    I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    L&D Interview!!! Freaking out!!!

    I sent a card out the same day I had the interview! I'm going to call the nurse recruiter tomorrow. Good luck with you too!! I'm hoping we both land the job!!! :)
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    L&D Interview!!! Freaking out!!!

    So my interview went REALLY well. She said she would call me by the end of the week. I assumed that was Friday. Friday has come and gone and still no word. Do you think she meant Sunday?! I'm dying here! Been on pins and needles since the interview. BTW, it was the easiest interview ever. She didn't ask any situational questions. There were 3 people in the room but it was so relaxed and conversational. But I could tell they loved all my answers and they really liked me. I was so confident leaving that interview. But now I'm totally second guessing myself. The wait is killing me!!
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    L&D Interview!!! Freaking out!!!

    Okay thanks! I was thinking more about stress with co-workers/doctors/patients, etc. Not emergency situations. But I will come up with an example to describe it! Thanks!
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    L&D Interview!!! Freaking out!!!

    Yes, my interview is tomorrow. I'll be practicing and researching questions all day! For the stress questions, I am planning on saying that it's important to stay focused on my patients and priorities. If I need a minute to myself, I'll take it. Sometimes just that minute is all I need to refocus. What do you think? Thanks for the info and I will definitely post back and let you know how it goes!
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    L&D Interview!!! Freaking out!!!

    I am a new grad nurse and I have an interview for a position in L&D...my dream career! I've been researching L&D interview questions but haven't found too many. Please help!!!
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