I had a student nurse shadowing me the other day. We looked at the babies; all were stable but one. We did vital signs, put down an NG tube, cleaned incubators, and then sat and visited because there was nothing else to do.
Today I didn’t have a student shadowing me…so, of course, we were busy. Super busy! I came back from lunch to hear of an emergency C-section to save a woman's life. The baby would be 32 weeks premature, so I went to the operating room (OR) with the supplies I’d need. As I walked out of the NICU, a woman stood outside the door, saying her baby was sick. I unwrapped a very blue baby, so turned around, pulled the woman into the room, and put the baby on oxygen. The baby quickly turned pink and was okay for the moment, so I ran back to the OR.
No electricity! We were on the generator which means the oxygen and warming lamps don't work in the OR. Great! I was expecting a very sick baby and didn't have heat or oxygen. So I went back to the NICU to set up there for resuscitating the baby. A nurse was standing at the NICU door with a 3 lbs. premature baby. I could see that this one was pink and breathing, so I handed him over to one of my NICU nurses.
When the C-section baby was born, she was 4 lbs., limp, floppy, and not breathing. I grabbed her and ran down the hallway to the NICU where, thankfully, with help she started breathing and is doing well. She also looks like she’s 36 weeks instead of 32 which helps a lot!
My two nurses and I were busy getting the three new babies admitted, on IVs and the right amount of oxygen, paperwork done, etc. A knock on the door brought two more new babies from the ER. Thankfully, these two had no major problems, so we could finish up with the three babies needing a lot of attention.
And all five of these babies arrived in one hour! By the end of the afternoon with the work done, mess cleaned up, medications given, babies sleeping peacefully, getting the treatments they needed, we were very tired. It was a busy afternoon!