i need help on a brief description on what labor & delivery nurses do. if anyone is a labor & delivery nurse and wont mind helping me out.. i will greatly appreciate it. i am a junior in high school trying to figure out what i want to do in life... HELP!
Sep 18, '05
I copied this from another thread that is currently on page 2 of the forum, there are many threads out there that are very similar to yours. You can search for them using the search link above on the toolbar.
Quote from fourbirds4me
Responsibilities as an OB nurse? hmmmm
To promote a healthy inutero environment so that the fetus stays well oxygenated and distress free while assuring the mother recieves all interventions (or as few interventions) desired to ensure the desired birthing experience. While juggling physicians demands for delivery before dinner time.
Evaluate pt's for labor
interpret fetal monitoring strips
assess vital signs
provide education concerning signs/symptoms of labor
provide labor support
provide education regarding stages of labor-- coping mechanisms
ensure physician knowledge of pt. status
assist with procedures needed
place fetal spiral electrodes
assist pt with personal needs
assist with breastfeeding and NB care
provide education regarding all interventions
use critical thinking skills to intervene in nonreassuring situations
sterile speculum exams
provide interventions to prevent seizures in the pre-eclamptic pt
after delivery... ensure bonding process with parents
identify and provide support for the unstable neonate
circulate, scrub, assist as necessary for c/s
document all of the above
and more... and more....
Much luck in all that you endeavor!