Change can be frightening, confusing or exciting. I’ve noticed some nurses and doctors embracing the change Baby-Friendly will bring to our hospital, and I’ve heard some tell all the reasons they think it won’t work here. I’ve seen smiles and scowls. I’ve felt people’s jubilation and animosity. But mostly, people are in the middle. No strong feelings one way or another. Those are the ones who need a Dane in their work-life.
Take a 3-minute and 40-second laugh break and watch this video. Watch for the moment when the Danish guys help the woman define the experience with their own laughter.
I love it when she puts her book away and is prepared to bolt. Isn’t that how we sometimes feel when odd things are going on around us? Do I run? Do I wait? Or, as the Danish guys did, do I stay put and enjoy the ride?
We have some Danish nurses here at Memorial. Well, they’re not really Danish, but for all the nurses who didn’t know what to think of Baby-Friendly, these Danes showed them how to love it, or at least how to do it. Here’s how it happened.
First a little background. Every hospital has its barriers to becoming Baby-Friendly, and we knew one of ours would be the process change of admitting babies to the Mother/Baby Unit (MBU) without taking them to the nursery. Babies are born in the Childbirth Unit (CBU) and are transferred to the MBU about 2 hours after delivery. When a family arrives at the MBU, ID bands are checked, and then the baby is taken to the nursery for a bath and assessment. After the bath the baby is warmed under radiant lights. All this takes between 1 and 2 hours. Several years ago the MBU did a trial of rooming-in, but it did not work and the old routine of taking babies to the nursery returned. Until…
About a month ago, Nicky, a charge nurse, said, “Tonight we’re going to do things a little different.” She ordered pizza and told the nurses all admissions onto the Mother/Baby Unit would be room-ins. Already, two other nurses, LaToya and Kelly, had done some experimenting with room-in admissions, and they came up with a good system. Nicky took those ideas and ran with it.
Other charge nurses on other shifts started following suit. Even through an extraordinarily busy week, some charge nurses found it easier at times to do the admissions as room-ins. How did our obstacle become a cinch? A few Danish nurses helped others frame the experience. Bravo!