crnas in labor and delivery??

  1. Hey everyone! I am graduating with a bachelors degree in nursing in May and am looking into applying to CRNA school in a couple of years. I currently work in an ICU but I am so interested in Labor and Delivery. My question is, after you become a CRNA can you just work in one place such as Labor and Delivery doing epidurals and c-sections or do you have to do a little of everything, like general surgeries, etc? Let me know. Thanks!
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  3. by   skipaway
    Quote from cutiejen2
    Hey everyone! I am graduating with a bachelors degree in nursing in May and am looking into applying to CRNA school in a couple of years. I currently work in an ICU but I am so interested in Labor and Delivery. My question is, after you become a CRNA can you just work in one place such as Labor and Delivery doing epidurals and c-sections or do you have to do a little of everything, like general surgeries, etc? Let me know. Thanks!

    There are positions at some facilities where you can just practice OB anesthesia. You just have to do some research. However, after you've been through anesthesia school, you may change your mind.
    Good luck to you.
  4. by   profjanmc
    We have CRNA in most of the hospitals here in Sacramento, they are specialists in OB, but many of them came from high-volume places and did lots of other things first, good luck!
  5. by   kmchugh
    There are some places where you can limit your practice to OB, but I would not recommend doing that right out of school. You need to spend a couple of years at a high acuity, high volume environment, getting experience with EVERYTHING, the sicker the better. You will need that experience for crashing OB's, as well as a number of other things.

    Kevin McHugh
  6. by   jwk
    I agree with Kevin about getting experience first. The only places you would probably have a chance to do nothing but OB is in either high volume or academic practices. Either of those types of practices will bring you sicker patients, with a multitude of problems and complications in addition to being pregnant. HELLP syndrome, full-blown eclampsia, ruptured uteri, DIC, trips and quads, abruptions and previas, , etc., etc. All of these conditions require much more than simple OB knowledge to manage, and the only way you get that is broad experience.
    Last edit by jwk on Mar 1, '05
  7. by   Tenesma
    doing intra-uterine fetal surgery on OB is cool too
  8. by   Lorus
    Quote from Tenesma
    doing intra-uterine fetal surgery on OB is cool too

    showoff...

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