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Maternity/OB Clinical Specialist

  1. 0 I believe that an OB Clin spec is my dream job. My background is in health education, and I will be getting my RN this May. I can then continue to be a NP/CNS in either family, peds, neonate, geriatrics, adult, or acute care.

    I have heard of Perinatal Clinical Nurse specialists, but I am not sure if that is the degree most applicable to OB.

    Does anyone know what degree would directly relate to a Maternity Clinical Nurse Specialist? If not which of the above CNS degrees would you recommend?

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
  2. Visit  ER1010 profile page

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    From 'Philadelphia'; Joined Aug '04; Posts: 93.

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  3. Visit  ER1010 profile page
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    Doesn't someone know?? Please help!
  4. Visit  imenid37 profile page
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    Quote from ER1010
    Doesn't someone know?? Please help!
    Go to slu.edu They have a program for perinatal cns.
    I'd like to do it myself. I just need the $!!!
  5. Visit  mitchsmom profile page
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    I am also curious about perinatal clincal nurse specialist. I am planning to be a certified nurse-midwife and I know what a women's health NP is, where does a perinatal clinical nurse specialist fit in? I really didn't find much from a quick google.
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    Mitch,

    My understanding is that the CNS generally is in charge of clinical functioning on a floor. This means making sure the nurses how to use the equipment, doing in service training, helping out with difficult patients, writing policy on the unit, and basically being the clinical expert.
  7. Visit  mcia profile page
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    A perinatal clincal nurse specialist deal with high risk mothers to be. Where the mother and/or the baby are at risk.
  8. Visit  SJSU_Mami profile page
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    I suggest reading the advanced practice perinatal nursing specialty on UCSF's webpage. It may help you to see what they do.

    http://nurseweb.ucsf.edu/www/spec-pnt.htm
  9. Visit  RAIZIE profile page
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    Just found this thread while browsing.
    I have been a CNS in Maternal-Child Health (mostly OB but inherited Peds a couple of years ago) for 16+ years. I work in a small community hospital, primarily low risk.
    As far as education, I have a Master's in Nursing, specialty certification in Inpatient OB.
    The traditional CNS role incorporates education, consultation, clinical practice and nursing research. Some roles (not mine) also have a management component.

    I am a childbirth educator, teach fetal monitoring, neonatal resuscitation etc.
    I am involved in new staff orientation, competency assessment, development & validation, writing evidence based standards of care and protocols, etc etc. I am called to consult on complicated patient care issues. Also, I am involved with CNS's in other specialty areas as part of nursing leadership.

    Hope that helps.
  10. Visit  alohanursejenn profile page
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    Thanks for the info on clinical nurse specialist in Obstetrics. I have been an L&D nurse for 11 yrs with most of it being on high risk units. I will be graduating with a Master's degree/CNM this fall. I am interested in adding CNS but have heard there aren't that many programs for it. I have worked in 6 states and have only really met one nurse who actually had her degree as a CNS. She is my current nurse manager over a l&d dept, but she used to work for perinatology.

    Can someone be a CNS just with a Master's degree in a certain field, or do we have to do extra training?
  11. Visit  RaeT,RN profile page
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    I'm bumping this thread because I'm wondering if anyone has some more info for me. I am currently an RN with my associate's degree. I have one year L&D experience. I have decided to go back to school and believe that CNS is the way to go for me, with a focus in Maternal-Child nursing. I live in NC and was looking for some advice about programs. I'm planning on beginning work for my BSN ASAP. Any advice?
  12. Visit  liebling5 profile page
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    Quote from RaeT,RN
    I'm bumping this thread because I'm wondering if anyone has some more info for me. I am currently an RN with my associate's degree. I have one year L&D experience. I have decided to go back to school and believe that CNS is the way to go for me, with a focus in Maternal-Child nursing. I live in NC and was looking for some advice about programs. I'm planning on beginning work for my BSN ASAP. Any advice?
    I'm an ADN with one year exp as well. I just enrolled in a local 4-yr university. It offers CNS Gero and CNS Parent-child specialties, along with several FNP options. Personally, I'm going for the Gero route, but there are more people enrolled in the parent-child track. Check out some of the 4-yr universities in your area. My classes will be online, except for the clinical, of course.

    I already have a Bachelor's/Master's in another field, so I'll be getting a jump start. For those working full-time, this program is designed to be completed in 5 years. The extremely motivated can likely do it in 3! :mortarboard: The other plus is that your employer will likely pay for all or most of your higher education!

    Start researching now, and you will likely be able to start in Spring '07.
  13. Visit  rnkty13 profile page
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    Try uic.edu- they have a perinatal CNS masters program, which I am currently enrolled in.
  14. Visit  Ria21 profile page
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    ER1010,

    Maybe an FNP (family nurse practitioner) program would be a good fit for you in that it incorporates peds, maternal/child health, women's health, adult, and geriatrics all in one. Then you can work/specialize in an area of your choice...Just throwing that out there.


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