Question about nursing and nursing school ?

OK I am looking forward to go to school for nursing. I would like to be an obstetrical nurse and be able to care for patients while in labor, pushing and post partum. I would like no limitations in what I can do but I don’t care about writing prescriptions.

Can someone tell me what kind of degree I will need and a little about nursing school if you’ve gone? Also if you are an obstetrical nurse a little about your job?

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3 Responses to Question about nursing and nursing school ?

  1. Jill says:

    You need to be a Registered Nurse to work in Labor & Delivery, which can be obtained with either an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor’s of Science or Arts in Nursing (BSN or BAN).

    Either one makes you eligible for licensure as an RN. BSN grads are often “preferred” in hospitals, but in most places the ADN degree is just fine for starting out and you can complete the BSN at a later time if you choose.

    In nursing school they train you in a variety of settings and you will have clinical rotations caring for mothers and newborns and will likely have an observation-only experience in L&D. Once you are licensed as an RN, you can try to get into L&D right away as a new grad, but some birth centers will prefer you have at least a year of experience working in a hospital setting doing patient care (doesn’t matter what area, but medical / surgical units are a good place to start).

    Most of your education specific to the job of L&D is provided by the employer and your orientation process is lengthy, combining both classroom learning and preceptoring on the units with an experienced RN.

    At my hospital I am trained in high risk OB, caring for pregnant women on hospitalized bedrest for various conditions, I also work L&D, and postpartum. But generally at my hospital you are trained to one or two areas where you have your “home” unit. Some smaller hospitals the nurses do all three areas and work wherever there is staffing needs.

    For the most part it’s a very happy job, unlike many other areas of nursing where you are around the sick, the elderly, etc. Pregnant women are usually relatively self-sufficient and don’t need a ton of time and attention. Laboring a patient is nice because you usually only have one patient to focus on and you get to know them well during your shift. Postpartum it’s not unusual to care for 4 mom-baby couplets (meaning essentially you have 8 patients total that need assessing and caring for).

    Working in high risk I see more than the average number of complications, including stillborn babies, extremely premature babies, babies with congenital defects, etc. It can be very emotionally difficult at times. But there is also great spiritual satisfaction attending to these patients, and I find great meaning in my work caring for these families.

    Good luck!

  2. margaret y says:

    Hi there,
    I am a senior nursing student. I think being an OB Nurse is great! I am actually currently doing my OB/Maternity clinical rotation. In the OB unit, you get to go to the mother/baby unit, operation room, clinics and nursery. Maternity is not my thing, but perhaps you will like it?
    I think nursing school is tough. There is a lot of information that you really need to study. I remember sleepless nights and sacrificing time with my friends. But, I believe it is all worth it in the end. Just hang in there and if you review your notes and dont slack off, you will do just fine.
    I think nursing is a great and rewarding job. I am glad you are considering it. Best of luck

    -nursing student-

  3. MHnurseC says:

    Several paths to arrive at the destination that you have described. All of which lead to RN licensure which is what you need.

    1. A Diploma Nursing Program (DN): These are nursing programs offered at hospital-owned schools of nursing. You will take your classes there and do 99% of your clinical rotations within that organization. The focus here is nursing with minimal academics. Upon completion, generally about 3 years time, you will receive a diploma and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX.

    2. Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN): These programs are offered by community colleges and take 3 years to complete. Here, you will get some academics in addition to vocational/clinical training. The classes here will transfer to other accredited programs which make them priceless if you are interested in pursuing higher education. Upon completion of this program, you will receive an Associate’s Degree and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX.

    3. Bachelor’s Degree Nursing Programs (BSN): These programs are offered by 4 year colleges and universities. They take 4 years to complete and you will receive a Bachelor of Science: Nursing (BSN) degree upon completion and be eligible to sit for NCLEX.

    Upon successful completion of NCLEX you will be issued a license to practice as a Registered Nurse in your state of residence. At that point, you can apply to any nursing job available (you expressed an interest in OB), however, many organizations require 1-2 years experience as a nurse prior to moving into specialty areas. That is not to say it is impossible, just unlikely with a brand new license and limited experience.

    If you are interested in prescriptive previleges, you will need a Master’s Degree and additional licensure.

    Nursing school is a life-changing experience as you will have very little life outside of school, especially if you need to work.

    Good Luck