OB nusing specialities

  1. I've been reading here for a while and trying to figure out the different types of nurses that work in l&d, ob/gyn, mother-baby, pp, etc, etc....

    Can someone break it down for me?
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   joyrochelle
    do you mean as far as lpn's vs. rn's???

    I am not sure what you are asking.....
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I think you meant the types of women's health nurses?

    Mother/baby and post partum are basically the same thing. They take care of moms and babies from sometime after delivery until they go home.

    Some of these mother/baby and post partum units utilize a nursery also, which would have some nursery nurses. And trust me, they do far more that rock babies.

    L&D is where the mom actually delivers. There's also what we call at our hospital "Special Care," which is the equivalent of a high risk L&D. We also have our own mini OR (I believe it has 3 or 4 rooms) for sections.

    Then there are antepartum and gyn nurses. This unit is lumped together at my hospital. Antepartum is before delivery, moms to be that are hospitalized for one reason or another. And gyn nurses take care of gynecological surgery patients.

    And OB/GYN nurse is usually just a generic umbrella term, it can usually mean anyone of the types I've mentioned.

    On each of these units, except for L&D, I've seen LPN's.

    Hope I didn't forget any of the disciplines of hospital OB nurses, and I hope, after writing this mini novel here, that it was the info you wanted!

    Heather
  5. by   nursejws
    Thank you Heather! That is exactly what I wanted to know. L&D, that's where I want to work! PUSH, PUSH, PUSH, PUSH...just don't PUSH that stuff on me!
  6. by   fergus51
    Oh, and don't forget LDRP rooms! (Labor and delivery, recovery and postpartum units, where the nurse cares for mom and babe from the time they come in until they go home.).
  7. by   shay
    Originally posted by nursejws
    Thank you Heather! That is exactly what I wanted to know. L&D, that's where I want to work! PUSH, PUSH, PUSH, PUSH...just don't PUSH that stuff on me!
    Well, kewl!! Come play, and bring your catcher's mitt!!
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Depends on where you work....if you work where I do, you DO ALL OF 'EM....not just labor. Best bet is a bigger hospital where L and D are seperate from the others, or else you will do L and D , PP , newborn and GYN surgical. Make sure you ask! (personally, I like that I am skilled in ALL those areas, not specialized and limited; makes for better marketability and choice later on).

    I never limit myself. That and LABOR can get OLD after time and time again......I like variety. It wards off burnout. GOOD LUCK and WELCOME!
  9. by   shay
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    That and LABOR can get OLD after time and time again
    Gawd, AIN'T THAT THE TRUTH!! They needed someone to float to nsy the other day, and I practically JUMPED OUT OF MY CHAIR in report!! LOL!!! Gimme a screamin' newborn today, folks!! Not in the mood for a screamin' grown up!! Ack!
  10. by   nursejws
    Originally posted by shay


    Gawd, AIN'T THAT THE TRUTH!! They needed someone to float to nsy the other day, and I practically JUMPED OUT OF MY CHAIR in report!! LOL!!! Gimme a screamin' newborn today, folks!! Not in the mood for a screamin' grown up!! Ack!


    Hey, have any of you seen the Mom's in labor want to get mid-evil on their mate??? I crack up when I'm watching L&D when the women start screaming! I know it's gotta hurt, and since I haven't experienced child birth, I probably shouldn't laugh, but there are some out there that are hilarious. Most that I've watched on TV are pretty good about the whole process.

    Awww, how can you not fall in love with the wittle bitty babies?!?!
  11. by   Brownms46
    There are many hospitls that have LPN/LVNs in L&D, and not just rural areas either. I was crossed trained from NICU to L&D, in San Antonio, and worked L&D in a major hospital as agency at Methodist.:. I also was the only L&D nurse on duty( with the nursing supervisor to back me up) in several smaller or rural hospitals. Nursing has sooo many variables! In fact there area hospitals right now looking, and or willing to take LPN/LVNs in L&D. There are also a few who will take travelers in the L&D...but only a few that I know of..
  12. by   live4today
    Originally posted by nursejws




    Hey, have any of you seen the Mom's in labor want to get mid-evil on their mate??? I crack up when I'm watching L&D when the women start screaming! I know it's gotta hurt, and since I haven't experienced child birth, I probably shouldn't laugh, but there are some out there that are hilarious. Most that I've watched on TV are pretty good about the whole process.

    Awww, how can you not fall in love with the wittle bitty babies?!?!
    When I was in my first trimester of pregnancy with my first child, a female friend of the family said to me "It was FUN going in, but it's going to be HELL coming out." She couldn't have been more right!!!
  13. by   shay
    Smart chick!! Have y'all noticed.......hee hee.....that the moans in labor sound an awful lot like the moans during conception??? hee hee.

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