How To Become A Labor and Delivery Nurse?

  1. 0 Hi I'm a high school student and I really want to become a Labor and Delivery nurse, but I'm just not sure how I would go about to doing this. My cousin just had a baby just over a year ago and I was very interested. I want to be the nurse that takes the baby right after it is born. The nurse that show the mothers tasks they will need to know once they leave the hospital. The nurse that is with the babies in the nursery. I'm not even sure if that is a Labor and Delivery nurse. I am going to be signing up for college courses at the the local community college in just a few months, and I have know idea what kind courses I should even think about taking to reach this career goal of mine. If anyone as any information on the what education and experience I would need to reach this goal I would highly appreciate it.

    -Thank you
  2. Visit  WannaBeLDNurse profile page

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  3. Visit  klone profile page
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    You need to go to nursing school. There are no specific courses you take to be an OB nurse. All nurses take the same courses in nursing school, and then after you graduate, you apply for jobs in the area of nursing you want to get into.

    Good luck!
  4. Visit  WannaBeLDNurse profile page
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    Thank very much. In your opinion you recommend a two nurse program or a four year program?
  5. Visit  tablefor9 profile page
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    Look for posts re: ADN-BSN...there are several on the boards.

    Good luck to you!
  6. Visit  QTBabyNurse profile page
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    [font="comic sans ms"]hi and congratulations on your decision to be a nurse! you will need to become a registered nurse to work in obstetrics. the ob department (short for obstetrics) is comprised of three different areas: labor & delivery, newborn nursery and mother/baby couplets (sometimes called postpartum).

    labor & delivery nurses manage women in labor and assist the physician/midwife with the delivery of the baby. they also manage women who are having health issues during their pregnancy or women who think they might be in labor, but actually aren't. they also assist in some form or fashion in the or for c-sections. your role will be different in that regard depending on the hospital where you work.

    nursery nurses work in the newborn nursery and help infants that might be having difficulties. babies who are having serious problems will be transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit (nicu).

    mother/baby couplet nurses work with the mother and the baby and do alot of teaching....everything from breastfeeding help to teaching how to bathe a newborn and how to change diapers, etc. this sounded like what you were interested in.

    many hospitals expect the nurses to be cross-trained in all three areas. especially the smaller hospitals. larger hospitals will generally have separate nurses for each of these three areas. it is to your advantage to be as proficient as possible in all the areas though because you never know when you want a change.

    you have a couple of choices to get to be a registered nurse....one way is to go to a community college and get an associate degree in nursing (adn). this generally takes 2 years, maybe a little longer. the other route is to get a 4 year degree...bachelor of science in nursing (bsn). just don't go to school for lpn. you will not be able to work in ob in most hospitals with that. one more thing....keep your grades up in college....getting accepted into a nursing program can sometimes be a difficult endeavor and alot hinges on your grades. if i can answer any more questions for you, please do not hesitate to ask! good luck to you!

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  7. Visit  ncbutterfly profile page
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    I was planning on asking this same question. Thank you so much for your replies.
  8. Visit  gouranga profile page
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    This post was really helpful to me, too. Thanks!
  9. Visit  NurseB_ profile page
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    Quote from qtbabynurse
    hi and congratulations on your decision to be a nurse! you will need to become a registered nurse to work in obstetrics. the ob department (short for obstetrics) is comprised of three different areas: labor & delivery, newborn nursery and mother/baby couplets (sometimes called postpartum).

    labor & delivery nurses manage women in labor and assist the physician/midwife with the delivery of the baby. they also manage women who are having health issues during their pregnancy or women who think they might be in labor, but actually aren't. they also assist in some form or fashion in the or for c-sections. your role will be different in that regard depending on the hospital where you work.

    nursery nurses work in the newborn nursery and help infants that might be having difficulties. babies who are having serious problems will be transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit (nicu).

    mother/baby couplet nurses work with the mother and the baby and do alot of teaching....everything from breastfeeding help to teaching how to bathe a newborn and how to change diapers, etc. this sounded like what you were interested in.

    many hospitals expect the nurses to be cross-trained in all three areas. especially the smaller hospitals. larger hospitals will generally have separate nurses for each of these three areas. it is to your advantage to be as proficient as possible in all the areas though because you never know when you want a change.

    you have a couple of choices to get to be a registered nurse....one way is to go to a community college and get an associate degree in nursing (adn). this generally takes 2 years, maybe a little longer. the other route is to get a 4 year degree...bachelor of science in nursing (bsn). just don't go to school for lpn. you will not be able to work in ob in most hospitals with that. one more thing....keep your grades up in college....getting accepted into a nursing program can sometimes be a difficult endeavor and alot hinges on your grades. if i can answer any more questions for you, please do not hesitate to ask! good luck to you!


    i'm also interested in becoming a labor and delivery nurse. i am a senior nursing student and thinking about career plans. i see you mentioned that there are 3 aspects to being a labor and delivery nurse. reading about the different positions it seems like i'm very interested in doing all 3! in my hometown which has a small hospital all of the l&d nurses perform all 3 duties, but as you said at many big hospitals different nurses to different positions. do you know if it's possible to do all 3 at a hospital that likes to divide the tasks up? for instance, do you think i could work in a different place for the 3 days that i work in a week? i'm just interested in knowing if this can be possible.
  10. Visit  klone profile page
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    It just depends on the facility. Many places have L&D nurses who just do labor and antepartum, and then postpartum nurses who take care of the moms and babies afterwards. Other places, even larger facilities require that the nurses do all areas. Where I work (3000 births/year - not HUGE but certainly not small) the L&D nurses are expected to work couplets 50% of the time.
  11. Visit  mrl101502 profile page
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    I wanted to shed some light on nursing degress. The 2 year degree program will most likely take you longer than two years. There are several prerequisites that are required to be accepted into a nursing program. I would recommend that you obtain the program sheet from the college you plan on attending. That way you can begin to prepare yourself for school It took me a total of 7 years to complete my ADN nursing degree... mainly because I had two babies during school: one during my prerequisites and one during nursing school. Also, try to get a job as a unit secretary on an L & D floor or in an OB office. I am not sure how it is where you are, but here, they want experienced L & D nurses. Best of luck to you, nursing is a great career!
  12. Visit  Nurse2b7337 profile page
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    This is a great post. This is the specialty that's interests me the most. QTBabynurse you rock. How long have you been in L/D?? Did you know in clinicals that this was for you or have you always known?
  13. Visit  StephHarri profile page
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    These posts have been really helpful, but there are things that are still getting me.
    1) Prerequisites.
    What prerequisite classes should I be taking for my first years of college? Will I have to get an Associate's Degree with my prereq's and mandatory classes? Or can I get my whole college career done with, with a Bachelor's Degree? Am I supposed to get my prereq's and mandatory classes done, then move onto the classes specifically for becoming a Neonatal Nurse? Actually, are Neonatal Nurses and L&D nurses the same thing? Am I over thinking this? Did I mention I'm a senior in HS, and I have less than two months before I graduate and I'm not even sure what college I want to go to?
    2) College suggestions!
    I live in Idaho. I'd like to go close-ish to where I live in Wilder. I'd really appreciate suggestions of colleges to attend with reasons why, but I'm not going to be too picky. (I actually feel like I'm asking to much.)
    3) Any other tips/comments
    Anything you wish you would've known that you had to learn the hard way? Well, I'd like to know, too. I'd like to learn from your mistake(s) and extend the knowledge to my peers who are interested in the same field I am, and to also prevent the mistake from happening again.
    If you have any information (at all, really, I need all of this information since this is what I plan to do for my future) that I should or you think I need to know, don't hesitate to make a post that's even longer than this one!
    Thank you for all of your help,
    Stephanie Harrington
  14. Visit  QTBabyNurse profile page
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    StephHarri...

    You can either go for an associates degree or a bachelors degree to become an RN. If you are wanting to become a neonatal nurse, do not become an LPN...you will need to be an RN for that area. Your best move would be to speak with a college counselor at the local community college (if they offers an Associate Degree in Nursing program) and also speak with a college counselor at a 4 year college that offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. That way you can decide for yourself which program fits you the best. If you go for the community college and the associates degree, be aware that it will most likely take you 3 years to complete the nursing program. If I could do it again, I would've just gone to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing right from the start...since I wound up getting it anyway later and it cost me more in the long run because I paid for an Associate degree and then later I paid again for a Bachelors degree.

    An L&D nurse and a neonatal nurse are two different areas of nursing. If you read my post above (under this same thread), I explain all the different areas within Obstetrics. If you eventually work in a small hospital, you might be able to do them both. If you work in a large hospital, you most likely will not.

    I would suggest you read as much as you can about nursing in general and about the particular area of nursing that interests you. Don't be surprised if after you study nursing, your area of interest might change...and that is ok. The only way to really know where you fit in, is to give it a try and you will have alot of opportunities for that when you rotate your way through clinicals in school. It is incredibly important to get as high a grade a possible in all your classes as nursing school admission is very competitive and alot hinges on your grades. Good luck with your decision.



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