Hi! I started as a new grad on PP about 11 months ago. Every place is different I am sure, but here is how my night typically goes.
I usually have 4 couplets assigned to me. Get report and am introduced to my patients from offgoing nurse. After getting report I get my charts and check for any new orders or orders that haven't been done yet. I go through my clipboards and see what the patient will need that night, are they going home tomorrow, is all their teaching done, does baby need tests done before the AM so they can go home, etc.
By 8pm or so I start assessing my moms and make a quick assessment of baby as well. I go over the plan for the night, answer any questions and then move on the the next mom. After that I start charting on my moms, unless I was lucky enough to chart between moms. By 10pm, I am done with assessments and am starting on charting.
Around midnight we do our baby assessments, we take them from the room to another room with a scale and good lighting and do a full assessment and weight. We figure out how much weight they have lost, if it is WNL and if not what we will do about it (usually with breastfeeding moms, though sometimes bottlefeeding moms are underfeeding). When I am done with baby assessments, usually by 2am, I chart some more and then go to lunch. When I get back, I finish charting, do the chart checks and also sign off the next days MARs.
Around 5 or 6am, depending on how many babes need to be done, I start taking the babies to do their Newborn Screens and Bilichek (for jaundice). I also update the feeding sheets for babes at this time and then they go back to their moms. That usually ends up getting me until 7am which is time to give report and then go home!
Of course, that is only when things go as planned. There are always nights with babies that have problems breastfeeding, pain issues, or starting the night with only 2 or 3 couplets and then getting 1 or 2 new admits. Meds are given as well, IV antibiotics hung, postpartum hemorrhages, moms on mag sulfate, etc.
I really love postpartum. It can be hectic some nights and other nights things just go smoothly and I actually get finished with everything on schedule.
As for things to bring. Maybe the normal parameters for moms and babies, what you are assessing when you do your assessment, etc.
I am imagining you will be following a preceptor for awhile? Hopefully you will be able to learn a lot from them and maybe even get to precept with a few people and see how their routines differ.
I liked having a good Maternal/Child nursing reference with me, just in case.
Good luck to you! Postpartum can be a very fun and rewarding place!