Pros: growing community with lots of admissions and opportunities to learn.
Cons: infrequent breaks, short lunches, unable to eliminate formula sample bags, due to management unwillingness to do so
Initial change of shift report and assignment of patients from 1984
Initially began being mentored by breastfeeding counselor. Later did independent breastfeeding rounds while taking a smaller patient load
Learning consisted of in-depth knowledge of normal newborn and abnormal findings. Learned more in-depth knowledge of breastfeeding behavior – more... of mother and infant and management of breastfeeding challenges.
The most difficult aspects of the job were the l2 hour shifts and not being able to follow up with breastfeeding dyads after discharge. The the most enjoyable aspect was being able to observe successful breastfeeding during hospital stays.
Very enjoyable relationship with co-workersduring the first tenure with MCP, During the second tenure nurses were no longer taking responsibility for teaching breastfeeding skills on first visit out of newborns to their mothers or in going to L&D to assist with first latch.
They wanted to completely rely on LC's for all breastsfeeding contact. Management did not re-enforce the need for newborn nurses to use their skills in this area. – less