Any RN,C's?

  1. I'm interested in learning more about the credential and I'd love to hear about what it's done to enhance your career!


    Happy Nursing~Angie
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   GailWHNP
    Hi,
    It hasn't done all that much for my career that I'm aware of, except perhaps give me an extra 50 cents/hr. I feel it looks good on the resume, but I became certified more for personal satisfaction.
    Gail
  4. by   Andrew_LandD
    Hi! I have my RNC and I can recommend a few things for taking the test, as well as let you know what it was like.

    First off, I had 2 years experience when I took the exam. Although, still green in L&D (only 2 years) the military has accelerated my learning curve ten fold. Nothing like sink or swim.

    Okay, I studied 2 books for the exam, and I started studying about a month ahead of time. I used Modules, and AWHONN's Core Curriculum for Maternal-Newborn care. From cover to cover I became intimate with these 2 books up to an hour before the test. Im the kind that likes to cram.

    The test I do have to say was very difficult, and like me, the 4 other people that came from my hospital that day to take it we all thought we had failed it. Most of the exam was patho and disease process of your complicated OB cases. Diabetes, HTN, etc.etc. Placental diseases, strips, breastfeeding, PP Hemmorrhage, depression, etc.

    Hope that helps, if you decide to certify and you have more questions, let me know.

    Andrew
  5. by   NurseAngie
    Thank you very much for your replies. I can see where being certified brings a huge amount of personal satisfaction. I may be wrong, but I would also think it makes you somewhat of an "expert" in the area. (am I wrong?) Of course I don't mean to imply anything other than it makes you a valuable member of the healthcare team.

    Andrew, thank you for giving me an idea of what is invloved. I am sure the test is quite a "doozy", but I'm proud for you because YOU DID IT! I bet you got a lot of experience in the military that has helped you along the way. (My husband is military, but not in the medical field.) Did you work labor and delivery while you were in the military? What unit do you work on now? Do you consider ever becoming a WHNP or CNM? What's your favorite part of your job now? Least favorite?

    Thanks again ~Angie
  6. by   shay
    I'm still too scared to take the test.
  7. by   NurseAngie
    Originally posted by shay
    I'm still too scared to take the test.
    Hey,
    Why so scared? I bet you would do great! Have you been preparing yourself for it? I bet the personal satisfaction you get from doing it will make it all worth it, so....what are ya waiting for??? You can do it!:kiss


    ~Angie
  8. by   JillyT
    Student here.....What is an RN, C??
  9. by   HazeK
    RNC=specialty certification

    ex. Inpatient obstetrics
    ex. Fetal Monitoring
    ex. High risk OB
    ex. CCRNC=critical care RNC

    for me, purely self-satisfation. No difference in $ here in Las Vegas.
    other places, was $0.50 to $1 bonus for certification.

    haze
  10. by   shay
    Originally posted by NurseAngie


    Hey,
    Why so scared? I bet you would do great! Have you been preparing yourself for it? I bet the personal satisfaction you get from doing it will make it all worth it, so....what are ya waiting for??? You can do it!:kiss


    ~Angie
    I have heard that the more experience you have, the harder the test, b/c you tend to overthink it. I just don't wanna fork out all that $$$ and then BOMB it!!!
  11. by   NurseAngie
    Hey there,

    You know what NOT to do (with all that experience on your side, I bet you know the RIGHT answers at sight)! It's too bad that there isn't a more lucrative reason to get the certification, but I am willing to bet that your personal satisfaction will make it all worthwhile. You will do what you need to when the time comes if it's something you decide you want to do. I just know you're an awesome baby catcher and I don't doubt that you are an expert already. Take care & see ya on the boards!

    Angie
  12. by   NurseAngie
    Originally posted by HazeK
    RNC=specialty certification

    ex. Inpatient obstetrics
    ex. Fetal Monitoring
    ex. High risk OB
    ex. CCRNC=critical care RNC

    for me, purely self-satisfation. No difference in $ here in Las Vegas.
    other places, was $0.50 to $1 bonus for certification.

    haze

    I think it's really terrific that you are certified and it's too bad that your hospital doesn't pay you for it! (You're a darn expert here!)

    Thanks for your reply to my post.

    Angie
  13. by   Andrew_LandD
    Angie,

    Did you work labor and delivery while you were in the military? What unit do you work on now?

    - Sure do! I am still in the military and still doing L&D.

    Do you consider ever becoming a WHNP or CNM?

    - Have considered CNM, in fact while in the military we have an avenue to go to school for free and get paid. The only problem I have with it now is my family. I have a new baby due in August and 2 other little ones. I have been married for 12 years to a wonderful woman. I love my family and I like to be able to go home and seperate that family time from work time. I would hate to be called in, or spend as much time as they do at the hospital. I also sometimes find myself saying at a delivery, " I could have done that," when watching the doctor deliver the baby. So the thought of a CNM is lingering.

    What's your favorite part of your job now?

    -The emotional experience with a delivery. Especially when you have several generations in the family and it is the first grand child of the family. The adrenaline rush when you see your FHR drop to 60bpm and then go bradycardiac. Then lastly, Fetal Heart Monitoring. I love it. I love to teach it, breathe it , live it, argue about it. FHM is my cup of tea lets say.

    Least favorite

    - Bad outcomes. People that work L&D but really dont want to do it. Working nights. (Body doesnt function right no matter how long I am on them.)



    I did RNC for personal satisfaction. It was a great achievment for me. Our ward has a plaque on the wall with all our little RNC plaques on it. Its great to see your name up on that board. Plus in the military if you certify it specializes you in an area and you continue to work in that area vice being shifted around to other areas.

    Take care.

    Andrew
  14. by   NurseAngie
    Originally posted by Andrew_LandD
    Angie,

    Did you work labor and delivery while you were in the military? What unit do you work on now?

    - Sure do! I am still in the military and still doing L&D.

    Do you consider ever becoming a WHNP or CNM?

    - Have considered CNM, in fact while in the military we have an avenue to go to school for free and get paid. The only problem I have with it now is my family. I have a new baby due in August and 2 other little ones. I have been married for 12 years to a wonderful woman. I love my family and I like to be able to go home and seperate that family time from work time. I would hate to be called in, or spend as much time as they do at the hospital. I also sometimes find myself saying at a delivery, " I could have done that," when watching the doctor deliver the baby. So the thought of a CNM is lingering.

    What's your favorite part of your job now?

    -The emotional experience with a delivery. Especially when you have several generations in the family and it is the first grand child of the family. The adrenaline rush when you see your FHR drop to 60bpm and then go bradycardiac. Then lastly, Fetal Heart Monitoring. I love it. I love to teach it, breathe it , live it, argue about it. FHM is my cup of tea lets say.

    Least favorite

    - Bad outcomes. People that work L&D but really dont want to do it. Working nights. (Body doesnt function right no matter how long I am on them.)



    I did RNC for personal satisfaction. It was a great achievment for me. Our ward has a plaque on the wall with all our little RNC plaques on it. Its great to see your name up on that board. Plus in the military if you certify it specializes you in an area and you continue to work in that area vice being shifted around to other areas.

    Take care.

    Andrew

    Hi Andrew,

    I haven't been in the military, but my husband is. Both of my sons were born in Naval hospitals. I am a LPN and I'm about to begin a RN program next month. I have been interested in becoming a L&D nurse since my first child was born 10 years ago. As a matter of fact, my stay in the hospital is what glued me to nursing. The more I learned about birth, the more I decided that midwifery is a wonderful way to go. I have planned on becoming a CNM. I have also been considering becoming a WHNP (My sister's Mother-in-law is one and she LOVES her job!) because that would allow me to perform prenatal care and well-woman check-ups, just no deliveries. (I guess the insurance premiums have shocked me for CNM's ) I am in the middle of making these HUGE decisions and like you, my family is very important to me. I am have been considering a RN-MSN program next. (We'll be PCS'ing AGAIN in a couple of years! )
    I think that certification is TERRIFIC! It shows that you have expertise in an area and that in turn makes you a valuable team member. (I know that I want an expert caring for me &/0R my babies!) I know you worked very hard to get this and I'm happy that the military has nurses like you. I would really consider getting the midwife school while you are in the military if it is FREE. (If you can take your wife and kids when you attend the school...and I would think you could since it's a long training.) I know it's hard to balance work and family.

    Thanks for posting a reply and I look forward to seeing you again on the board!Take Care.


    Angie

    I forgot to mention that I have also been considering getting a Business degree or Counseling degree/certification instead of a BSN or MSN. I love nursing, but I am interested in many things and I like flexibility.
    Last edit by NurseAngie on Jul 17, '02

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