How to become a labor and delivery nurse

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:42:24 AM. If you're already a registered nurse, or are thinking about becoming one, you might want to consider specializing in labor and delivery. These OB/GYN
If you're already a registered nurse, or are thinking about becoming one, you might want to consider specializing in labor and delivery. These OB/GYN professionals provide essential support for women throughout the entire childbirth process, in a specialty that is expected to continue growing significantly over the next ten years. What do labor and delivery nurses do? Labor and delivery nurses work directly with pregnant patients from the earliest stages of labor through birth and immediate postpartum care. Their responsibilities may include the following: Supporting patients through every stage of childbirth (antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and neonatal) Inducing labor Monitoring the mother and baby's vital signs Administering medications and starting IV lines Measuring contractions Identifying and assisting with childbirth complications Assisting in operations like cesarean sections (C-sections) Providing postpartum care and support Educating and advising new mothers on postnatal care Labor and delivery nurses typically work 12-hour shifts, including potential overnight or weekend shifts. Most labor and delivery nurses work in hospitals, but the number of birthing-specific medical centers all over the country is increasing. What skills do labor and delivery nurses have? Labor and delivery nurses have the same general skill set as all registered nurses, but also need some additional specific skills for the obstetric specialty. Medical Skills and Knowledge: Nurses need...Read more
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