If you want to become a Gynecology/obstetric nurse, you must remember that you must specialize and gain thorough knowledge on women’s reproductive health. It becomes your responsibility on assisting women on various reproductive health that include coaching women on contraception procedures, counseling and educating pregnant mothers, caring would be mothers before, during and after child birth, and caring neonatal. OB/GYN Nursing field is divided into perinatal nursing and labor and delivery nursing.
Perinatal Nursing phase starts before, during, and after childbirth, and your perinatal cares relates to this phase. In this role your duties require you to educate and coach mothers, who are expecting babies and teach them different delivery techniques. These nurses remain with mothers during child birth and support them during actual birth of the child. After child birth, they counsel the mothers and teach them the ways to bond with the new born, care neonatal, coach them on new born nursing techniques. Perinatal Nurses play an important role in both physiological and psychological health of the moms. The vital role of supporting mother and baby bond also sometimes Perinatal Nursing called as Mother/Baby/Couplet Care Nursing.
Labor & Delivery Nursing
Although, the job duties and responsibilities of perinatal nurses are more child clinics, private settings, nursing homes, hospitals based but, labor and delivery nurses generally work in hospital settings, where they offer cares during the process of birth and the period immediately after the birth. Labor and Delivery nursing is sometimes also known as L&D nursing.
The job responsibility of Labor and Delivery nurses include preparing an individualized care plan for each mother and newborn, after assessing them, monitoring expecting mothers, checking fetal heart rates and find out beforehand, which mother may face postpartum depression. They collaborate with the physician, attending mother, assess patient’s lab work and may advice for additional tests. These processes are carried over for the smooth processing of birth and post-birth results.
Labor and Delivery nurses are also classified, depending upon the roles they play such as:
Antepartum Nurses – mostly work with the pregnant mothers havinghigh-risk pregnancies.
Circulating Nurses – works with the mothers during child birth in the operating rooms, assisting in caesarean section deliveries.
Scrub Nurses – performduties in the delivery room working directly with and assisting the surgeons during caesarean section deliveries by passing the surgical instruments.
Postpartum Nurses – work with moms and child immediately after the birth of the child. Postpartum nurses work with mother and child directly after birth.
Nursery Nurses – work in the nurseries offering cares to babies.
OB/GYN Nurse Education
You can become an OB/GYN Nurse by completing undergraduate level nursing education including BSN in Nursing and passing the NCLEX-RN licensure exam for RN Licensure. You can also pursue further advance studies in any of the sub-specialty that can provide you with acumen, knowledge, education, training and clinical experience in obstetrics/gynecology field.
OB/GYN Nurse Salary
The salary of OB/GYN Nurse can not be termed very attractive due to higher number of nurses aiming for this work. On an average they earn between $20 and $30 per hour or around $54,000, though higher than a RN but lower than a Nurse Practitioner that earn minimum $61,000 & above