I work on a m/b unit. 29 yrs. OB, We generally start with 4 couplets, maybe you will have a high risk ante. We also have post op gyn. I work days, having discharges and admits, ongoing, sometimes not even counting how many pts. you actually have. We assign by acuity, of course thats in the beginning of the shift. We also take into consideration continuity of care.
Lets face it our floor is 90% education. We have lactation 6 days a week, about 5 hours a day. I agree with earlier mention, you can be in one room for 2 hours assist with brstfdg. Oh do not let me forget all the documentation and serving hot tea with lemon on time!
Add that to administration saying we are always over budget, compared to other floors in the hosp. A wise administrator, who no longer works here, said" please" the moms they are the ones who make the choice which hospital a family member will go to.
I could go on and on