Well, to start off, I am a nursing student about to enter my senior year in a very rigorous BSN program. I absolutely hated nursing and still had intentions of going to med school in the future (that idea is still in the back of my head), but when I had my "Women's Health" Clinical, I completely fell in love with Labor and Delivery! I never thought I was the "maternal" type, I was (and still am) kind of grossed out by the idea of vaginal exams, and thought I wouldn't be able to handle caring for both mommies and babies, but I saw how great the labor and delivery RNs are, and truly enjoyed the whole experience!! I did some research (found some great info here on allnurses) and learned that L&D is not just happy times playing with babies. Before wanting to do L&D I was interested in ER nursing, so now I am even more drawn to OB knowing that the element of urgency is very common. On top of all of that, my professor for my Women's Health course who has her CNS Masters degree in women's health, was by far the most inspiring teacher I have ever had in my academic career. I certainly plan on going to graduate school after gaining some nursing experience, and am seriously considering getting a Masters Degree related to OB/GYN/L&D.
Unfortunately, I did not really get a full grasp on what an advanced practice nurse would do on the Labor and Delivery floor. In my clinicals, the RNs did pretty much everything, and the OB MD's would come in just for the final delivery. I never saw any Masters prepared nurses on the floor. I heard some pretty amazing stories from my professor, but she mainly works in nursing education, which is not what I am interested in. I was wondering if anyone can give me a better idea of what a nurse would do in L&D with a Masters Degree??
Thank you very much!!
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