I’ve been a labor and delivery nurse for over four years now. There was a brief point in time, where I felt like I’d just about seen it all.
That moment was VERY brief.
I’m amazed, four years into being an L&D nurse, that I see something new every week. Occasionally, they’re miraculous kinds of things~a micro premie that survives against all odds. I love those moments. Sadly, those moments are far and few between. No, usually, my new something I encounter is something stupid.
Let me say this first. I try to always keep an open mind. I understand not everyone out there has the knowledge base that I have. I know not everyone out there is going to know what’s really labor or cause to be checked out in the hospital. I know most people want the best for their baby.
But…jeez…sometimes…where’s the common sense?
It really is never a dull moment. Here’s a recap of some of the most recent highlights from the mothership.
- The girl who came in by ambulance at 2 am because she went to bed at 930, woke up at 1230, made a sandwich and couldn’t go back to bed because she was restless.
- The girl who came in by ambulance at 4 am because her “ya-ya” had been hurting her for over a month. The pain hadn’t changed since starting a month ago, she’d seen her OB since the pain started, and she had an appointment with her OB in five hours.
- The girl who called at 3 in the morning because she had stuff in her belly button and wanted to know if we would clean it out if she came into triage. No.
- The nurse caring for the 18 week pregnant patient in the ICU who, when I told her I couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat with the doppler because of the size of the patients abdominal incision (it was a massive vertical incision that ran from just above her pubic bone to a few inches under her ribs and was about three inches wide with packing in it). The nurse informed me that because she was less than 20 weeks, I should doppler the fetal heart tones just above the pubic bone. Uhm…which one of us dopplers 18 week baby’s on a regular?
- The patient who came into triage and couldn’t really give me a reason why she needed to be seen. Does your belly hurt? No. Are you bleeding? No. Back pain? No. Baby moving okay? Yes. What brings you into triage tonight? I don’t know. …