An OB/GYN nurse, also called an obstetrics nurse, is a registered nurse who specializes in caring for female patients during pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and other reproductive health issues from puberty to menopause. OB/GYN nurses play an integral role in women’s gynecological health. OB/GYN nursing is a rewarding career path, especially for those who dream of helping bring new lives into the world.
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OB/GYN Nurse FAQs
What does an OB/GYN nurse do?
OB/GYN nurses treat, counsel, and support female patients during pregnancy, childbirth, and various issues concerning the female reproductive system, such as fertility, menopause, cervical cancer, STIs, and breast cancer. They often work alongside OB/GYN physicians, assisting during regular OB/GYN check-ups, prenatal exams, and labor and delivery. Duties for OB/GYN nurses can vary greatly depending on their work setting, but can include:
Administering pregnancy tests
Educating female patients on physical and sexual health
Discussing birth control options and fertility treatments
Discussing preventative measures like mammograms and HPV vaccinations
Conducting mammograms and other screenings
Administering HPV and other vaccinations
Assisting with pregnancy management
Assisting doctors in the delivery room
Acting as coaches to mothers in the delivery room
Being prepared for medical emergencies during deliveries
Assisting new mothers as they recover from labor
Cleaning, weighing, measuring, and monitoring newborns
Caring for hysterectomy patients
Caring for patients who have miscarried or experienced a stillborn birth
Where do OB/GYN nurses work?
OB/GYN nurses primarily find employment in private OB/GYN physician’s offices and hospital gynecology units or maternity wards. Women’s clinics, family planning centers, private birthing centers, and midwife practices also hire OB/GYN nurses. There also may be a limited need for OB/GYN in some urgent care clinics and community clinics.
What skills make a good OB/GYN nurse?
Good OB/GYN nurses have a strong desire to help women with their reproductive health and are passionate about being an advocate for women’s healthcare issues. They’re reliable and patient with above-average communication skills that allow them to effectively communicate with their patients and other healthcare staff. Good OB/GYN nurses are detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills to ensure all patients receive appropriate treatment and their records are accurate and kept up to date. Most of all, they’re compassionate towards patients and their families, especially those going through major life changes.
How to become an OB/GYN Travel Nurse
Becoming a travel nurse begins with becoming a registered nurse, which requires graduating from an accredited nursing program with an ADN or BSN. Many employers prefer a BSN for their OB/GYN nurses. Nursing school graduates also must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and complete state licensing requirements to become an RN.
RNs must obtain Basic Life Support certification. Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification and Neonatal Resuscitation Program credentials will likely be required. Those wanting to pursue OB/GYN nursing must gain experience in obstetrics, gynecology, and/or labor and delivery. When they have the required experience, they should consider earning their NCC Credential in Inpatient Obstetric Nursing (RNC-OB) to enhance their career opportunities. Travel OB/GYN nurses must have at least two years of previous obstetrics/gynecology experience.