How to become an OB-GYN nurse?
- 0Jul 16, '08 by khushipSorry to ask this question but I really wanna know the exact path of how can I become OB-GYN nurse.
I have done some research about it but would like to know more.
I m in ADN program and would like to know after I become a RN, would I have to go to OB-GYN speciality in BSN program? How long does it take to become an OB-GYN after I become a RN?
- 1Jul 16, '08 by iteachobMy very 1st job was OB Post partum on the DAY SHIFT (no kidding)! The only thing they required of me was that I had graduated. I worked as a GN (graduate nurse.....I know I'm dating myself here) until I passed boards. That's about it.
Do be aware, though, that (at least in my experience) OB has a relatively low turnover rate. That's probably the hardest thing, finding a unit with an opening. Also, a lot of hospitals take an in-house transfer before a new hire.
Good luck, though. OB, L&D, Newborn, NICU are the best (my opinion) places to work in a hospital.
- 1Jul 16, '08 by jenrninmiNo, you don't have to have your BSN to specialize in OB. Once you pass your NCLEX exam, some hospitals may hire you with no experience. None around where I live though (you need at least a year of med/surg experience before they even consider hiring you). You will learn OB in nursing school. HTH! Good luck!
- 1Jul 17, '08 by mom2michaelMost places around where I live want at least 1 year of experience first before L&D but that can be PP or well baby nursery or M/S or in my case ER. No one here cares if you are an ADN, BSN or diploma nurse as long as you've passed the almighty NCLEX.
We've hired a few new grads into our unit but our manager has recently stopped that because they were really struggling. We are a small unit and sometimes there wasn't the support they needed. Our last one was hired 9 months ago and we won't be hiring anymore.
My training is all OTJ and the major certification I had to have prior to attending deliveries (as baby nurse) was NRP. Pretty much everything else comes with the job. I will have to do a fetal monitoring class eventually but not until I get some L&D experience.