OB techs?

  1. what do OB techs do???
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  3. by   Harleygirl
    Hi.
    I was an OB tech back in 1996 at a major hospital, while I was going to LPN school. I was responsible for setting up sterile carts for deliveries in the birthing rooms, assisted in C-sections as needed, run errands for the RN's, clean up after births, assist the physicians with sewing back up tears or episiotomies, help prep moms for natural birth and C-sections.
    I worked 3-11's (after Pitocin had been running all day) and I kid you not, I assisted in 8-10 deliveries a shift.
    Being an OB tech convinced me that I had absolutely no desire to be an OB nurse!!

    Harleygirl
  4. by   Ariel70113
    cool! thanks for replying!
  5. by   Harleygirl
    Are you considering being an OB tech? If you are interested in that type of nursing, go for it! Just not my thing!
  6. by   Ariel70113
    yes i'm thinking about it! but I was looking for jobs for OB tech and couldn't find any? is there another name for it?
  7. by   Altalorraine
    Quote from Ariel70113
    yes i'm thinking about it! but I was looking for jobs for OB tech and couldn't find any? is there another name for it?
    Our OB techs are really "OR techs"; they scrub for sections and other procedures; sometimes they prep the patient; they set up, maintain and stock all supplies, including OR tables and delivery carts; they take the baby out to the peds team if necessary during vaginal deliveries; and they can take baby down to the nursery if they're available. They don't do direct patient care (unlike patient care techs/nursing assistants) but they're really, really handy to have on the unit.

    Altalorraine
  8. by   Ariel70113
    Quote from Altalorraine
    Our OB techs are really "OR techs"; they scrub for sections and other procedures; sometimes they prep the patient; they set up, maintain and stock all supplies, including OR tables and delivery carts; they take the baby out to the peds team if necessary during vaginal deliveries; and they can take baby down to the nursery if they're available. They don't do direct patient care (unlike patient care techs/nursing assistants) but they're really, really handy to have on the unit.

    Altalorraine
    ok thats good to know! i've seen OR techs when looking in the job listing..but can OR tech jobs be for other departments?
  9. by   Harleygirl
    Maybe it would be advertised as a birthing technician, OB Nursing assistant, I'm not sure. I basically had all on the job training. I had been a CNA on a med surg floor before I worked on the birthing unit, so I had some exposure. However, moms and babies are a whole other deal! Best of luck to you and have fun!
  10. by   Ariel70113
    Quote from Harleygirl
    Maybe it would be advertised as a birthing technician, OB Nursing assistant, I'm not sure. I basically had all on the job training. I had been a CNA on a med surg floor before I worked on the birthing unit, so I had some exposure. However, moms and babies are a whole other deal! Best of luck to you and have fun!
    thanks!
  11. by   snwflknurse
    I currently work as a nurse tech in OB. They only let you be a NT if you are going into your final year of nursing school here. I work with an RN and together we have anywhere from 5-8 postpartum couplets (so 10-16 patients). Our hospital is rooming-in. I can do assessments on moms and babies, PKU, baby weights, hearing tests on babies, teaching, answer call lights, help with breastfeeding, and the list goes on. At our hospital the NT do strictly postpartum care. The only thing I am not allowed to do for legal reasons is give medications.

    On our unit, we have Unit Assistants that set up the tables for delivery, scrub in for c-sections, etc, clean machines, stock rooms.
  12. by   obtech_doula
    I am currently an OB tech in a rural hospital. I do vitals on mom's and babies, feed and change the babies, perform PKU's and heelsticks on infant and venipunctures on adults. Set up delivery carts. Clean and stock the unit. Also perform unit clerk duties. Assist in deliveries when needed. Pretty much in our hosp the techs are the RN and LPN's "right hand person"
    Its an awesome job and I wouldnt give it up for anything
  13. by   Ariel70113
    Quote from snwflknurse
    I currently work as a nurse tech in OB. They only let you be a NT if you are going into your final year of nursing school here. I work with an RN and together we have anywhere from 5-8 postpartum couplets (so 10-16 patients). Our hospital is rooming-in. I can do assessments on moms and babies, PKU, baby weights, hearing tests on babies, teaching, answer call lights, help with breastfeeding, and the list goes on. At our hospital the NT do strictly postpartum care. The only thing I am not allowed to do for legal reasons is give medications.

    On our unit, we have Unit Assistants that set up the tables for delivery, scrub in for c-sections, etc, clean machines, stock rooms.
    thats more of what I want to do..PP!
  14. by   Ariel70113
    Quote from obtech_doula
    I am currently an OB tech in a rural hospital. I do vitals on mom's and babies, feed and change the babies, perform PKU's and heelsticks on infant and venipunctures on adults. Set up delivery carts. Clean and stock the unit. Also perform unit clerk duties. Assist in deliveries when needed. Pretty much in our hosp the techs are the RN and LPN's "right hand person"
    Its an awesome job and I wouldnt give it up for anything
    cool! thanks!!

    Did you guys take the OB tech class in order to work as a OB tech? i'm looking at this site..http://www.medtexx.com/obtech.asp to take the class. Do I need to take this in order to work??? Do you guys just have a CNA license??

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