CNA's in L&D?

  1. I also posted this in the OB nurse forum, but thought I might get some good answers here too.

    Do CNA's ever work in L&D or in another department that would be beneficial to someone who's planning on someday being an OB nurse and then eventually a CNM?

    Thanks for any help!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   DesertRain
    I've wondered the same thing as well.
  4. by   *Bethany*
    See my other thread in the OB nurse forum. Someone answered my question with some very helpful links to past threads. Unfortunately it doesn't look like this is a common event. CNAs working in L&D.
  5. by   jb2u
    I know at two of my local hospitals they do hire cna's in postpartum!!!
    Also, at my current hospital they have cna's in the nursery.
  6. by   MommyJoy
    Hello, I am a CNA and a senior nursing student. I have worked in the postpartum unit and the newborn nursery as a CNA. With the babies, I was able to give first bath, assess vitals, do hearing screens, PKUs, feed, etc. As far as the moms, I assessed lochia, assisted with ADLs, measured I and O, etc. With the new mothers there is not a ton of stuff to do because they usually just need help up the first or second time. If you like consistency as a CNA, than it is a great place to be. You won't have very much of the back breaking lifting and transferring of patients etc. It is much easier on the body than say a med/surg unit.
  7. by   DesertRain
    Quote from MommyJoy
    Hello, I am a CNA and a senior nursing student. I have worked in the postpartum unit and the newborn nursery as a CNA. With the babies, I was able to give first bath, assess vitals, do hearing screens, PKUs, feed, etc. As far as the moms, I assessed lochia, assisted with ADLs, measured I and O, etc. With the new mothers there is not a ton of stuff to do because they usually just need help up the first or second time. If you like consistency as a CNA, than it is a great place to be. You won't have very much of the back breaking lifting and transferring of patients etc. It is much easier on the body than say a med/surg unit.
    If per se there is an opportunity to be a CNA in PP or in the nursery how would one get involved with that. I read on Bethany's other post in the OB forum about becoming an OB Tech, which I may do but if it isn't necessary and I can get in as a CNA then that would be great. I have my heart set on becoming a CNM one day and I know the experience in the units would be beneficial to my application.
  8. by   cardiacRN2006
    I worked as a tech in L&D, and I loved it!
  9. by   SuesquatchRN
    Apply where you'd lie to wor. There are no "secrets" - if there's a unit near your home and you'd li e to wor there go and apply.

    My "cay" cey died.
  10. by   MommyJoy
    I got my job in postpartum/nursery because I attended a job fair that one of our local hospitals was having. I had a resume and a letter of interest with me. When I got to the job fair, I asked the gal running the registration booth who the hiring manager for mother/baby was. She pointed her out. I went up to her, introduced myself, gave her my resume and letter of interest to work in this area. A few weeks later, I got a call for an interview. Most hospitals have job fairs at one point or another. You could also just apply for a job and put the area that you are interested in. You might also call human resources and just ask about the possibility of speaking to someone about your area of interest. Also, starting out as a volunteer may also help you get started. I think one of the things that helped me, was the fact that I was aggressive, plus the fact that I am in nursing school. Hospitals are shortstaffed, and although mother/baby is a high demand area, I am sure that with some push, you can make your way into this field. Good luck.
  11. by   DesertRain
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Apply where you'd lie to wor. There are no "secrets" - if there's a unit near your home and you'd li e to wor there go and apply.

    My "cay" cey died.
    Although it took me a while to understand what a "cay" cey was...lol, I just wanted to let you know that if you desperately need the "k" if you hold down your "alt" key and type "75" you will get a capital K and if you hold down the "alt" key and type "107" you get a small k. I hate when that happens!
  12. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from DesertRain
    Although it took me a while to understand what a "cay" cey was...lol, I just wanted to let you know that if you desperately need the "k" if you hold down your "alt" key and type "75" you will get a capital K and if you hold down the "alt" key and type "107" you get a small k. I hate when that happens!
    Thank you!

    My keyboard seems to have reset itself today.


  13. by   marilynmom
    I work in every unit at my hospital including L&D, peds, ER, ICU, etc.
  14. by   erin1205
    The hospital where I work as a CNA hires aides in L&D as "MI Tech's"-that is Mother/Infant Techs. I know that this job is a little harder to get than a regular CNA on say a med/surg floor, but CNA is the only requirement.

    Good Luck!

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