It’s been said that Labor and Delivery nurses speak their own language. Not so sure about that? Can you keep up with this quick Labor and Delivery nurse report?
Patient is G10P3. Based on her LMP she is 39.3. She is on 20mu of pit and just SROM in the bed. Upon CE, she’s 4/90%/-2. The FHR is 150 and UC are 3-4 minutes apart. Mom previously had a LTCS but is currently a TOLAC. She would really like VBAC if possible, but baby is LGA and mom has GDM, which might make it difficult. If the patient goes for an Emergent CS she wants a BLT.
If this nurse report made your head spin, you’re not alone! To introduce you to the language of a Labor and Delivery nurse, check out 21 of the most commonly used abbreviations in Labor and Delivery nursing:
|AROM||Artificial Rupture of Membranes|
|BTL||Bilateral Tubal Ligation|
|D&C||Dilation and Curettage|
|EBL||Estimated Blood Loss|
|FHR||Fetal Heart Rate|
|FSE||Fetal Scalp Electrode|
|GDM||Gestational Diabetes Mellitus|
|IUGR||Intrauterine Growth Retardation|
|IUPC||Intrauterine Pressure Catheter|
|LGA||Large for Gestational Age|
|LTCS||Low Transverse Cesarean Section|
|NSVD||Normal Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery|
|ROM||Rupture of Membranes|
|SROM||Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes|
|TOLAC||Trial of Labor After Cesarean|
|VBAC||Vaginal Birth After Cesarean|
Now that you have looked at this list of common Obstetric abbreviations, go back up to the top to the sample Labor and Delivery nurse report. Where you able to follow along? This list of abbreviations just gives you a quick glimpse into the language of a Labor and Delivery nurse. But there is so much more to this nurse lingo than this list…
Want To Learn More?
Starting out as a new nurse on Labor and Delivery (and even as a nursing student!), I wished that I had access to a resource to guide me through the language of a Obstetrics nurse! Getting report used to be overwhelming and made it almost impossible for me to follow along! That’s why I made this super easy printable:
Common L&D Abbreviations
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My Labor and Delivery abbreviation guide contains over 60+ common terms used by Obstetric nurses. You can get instant access to my Labor and Delivery abbreviation guide here. Feel free to download and print as a reference as you go through Obstetric clinical rotations or even as you’re starting out as a new Obstetrics nurse!
Is Labor and Delivery a specialty that you are considering? Or perhaps you are in a clinical rotation in Obstetrics and want to learn more! If this is you, check out my related articles about Labor and Delivery nursing. Check out my post about common procedures and interventions unique to Labor and Delivery. In that article, I highlight common Labor and Delivery nursing skills that you likely didn’t learn in nursing school. I also give you additional resources that I found helpful when jump starting my career as a Labor and Delivery nurse!
Also, if you want to learn more about what it’s like being a Labor and Delivery nurse, bounce over to FreshRN where I wrote a guest post detailing a nurse’s “typical” day in Labor and Delivery.
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