Team nursing coverage of prenatal-intrapartum patients at a university hospital. An innovation in obstetric nursing

Obstet Gynecol. 1977 Jul;50(1):116-9.

Abstract

A unique approach in utilization of nursing personnel was instituted at the University of Colorado Medical Center to alleviate the following patient care problems: 1) lack of continuity of care of obstetric patients, 2) inadequate prenatal instruction, and 3) the unpredictability of patient census in the labor and delivery area. Half the nurses from the labor and delivery area were organized into four teams of two nurses each who acquired a case load of patients for antepartum care. When a patient was admitted to the hostpial in labor, the nurse from her team who was on call came in and provided all nursing care during the intrapartum period. The problems and benefits of this new approach to nursing care are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Colorado
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Female
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Labor, Obstetric
  • Nursing, Team
  • Obstetric Nursing*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care