- 0What is the process for getting NRP certified? I have done preliminary research, but I want to hear from other nurses who have gone to classes and been officially certified. Is there an accreditation I should look for? I am a soon to be RN graduate who has plans to become a labor and postpartum doula and eventually a CNM. I would like to start getting certifications to make me more marketable to mother/baby units and birthing centers. If you have any advice about NRP and getting into the birth professional world that would be much appreciated as well! Thanks
- 0Apr 2, '13 by klone, BSN, RNYou simply sign up for the class, take the class (which is mostly megacodes) and then you're certified. It's like becoming certified for BLS or ACLS. When you sign up, you have to do a bunch of modules online before going to the class, so you will need the latest NRP book.
- 0Quote from kloneWhere do I sign up for classes though? What organization would hold them in my area?You simply sign up for the class, take the class (which is mostly megacodes) and then you're certified. It's like becoming certified for BLS or ACLS. When you sign up, you have to do a bunch of modules online before going to the class, so you will need the latest NRP book.
- 0I would like to be more proactive. In my area it is difficult to get a job in L&D without experience as a nurse in other areas and many hospitals require it with your application. I also intend to apply at birthing centers, where I would much more prefer to work and I think it would be an important addition to my resume.
- 0Apr 5, '13 by Mr MidwifeFirstly congratulations on upcomming graduation.
An excellent course for you to look into is the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics course which is ran by the American Academy of Family Physicians (google ALSO USA). I'm in instructor in the UK and a Labour Ward co-ordinator and this course is looked on very favourably by employers and imagine it is the same across the pond.
Its not cheap but it does come with excellent teaching material and includes sections on NLS so while it doesn't count as a stand alone qualification it does prepare you for NLS.
- 0Apr 5, '13 by chwcbestephI looked at your thread because I would also like to get NRP certified, but I'll chime in because I'm a trained and certifying labor doula and would be happy to answer any questions you have! Check out ToLabor (formerly ALACE)- that's who I trained through and they are great. Also look at CAPPA and DONA, and see if there are doulas in your area you could talk to about where to start.
Most organizations have similar reading requirements, so even if you're not in a position to go to or pay for a training, you can always start reading.
- 0Jul 7, '13 by SE_BSN_RN