Roles of an OB/GYN Nurse

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    My name is Renee and i am a future 2005-2006 LPN Student. I am planning to go all the way and achieve my BSN and i am most certain that i want to work as an OB/GYN nurse or in the Mother/Baby Unit. I am just curious as to what are your day to day roles as an OB/GYN Nurse in hospitals, clinics, and doctors offices and what are the options of this type of nurse. any info is greatly appreciated. thank you so much
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    Lets see I'm a Womens Float pool. When I work post partum I take care of 5 mums and their infants. Everything from admission for a scheduled section to discharge. The babies are "roomed in" so we do a lot of patient teaching about self and infant care (amazing how many people don't go to prenatal class). Meds, physical assessment of Mum and baby, wound care, removal of sutures and staples on sections, discharge home, car checks, support those Mums whose babies are in the NICU.

    In Gyne its basically specialized surgical nursing. Except when a woman has miscarried she is returned to the Gyne unit, so there is a lot of emotional support required with these patients. So, its basically wound care, meds, assessment. The surgery is all bladder or on reproductive organs.

    A big thing at my facility on the interview is the fact that the hospital performs late term terminations for fetal anomalies (never spell that one right), so being nonjudgmental is very important.

    The main thing I've discovered over the years is women need emotional support on these units, so you have to be able to listen, observe their attitudes and educate at the appropriate level. So, you have to be able to sit with a teenager who has had her baby taken by Social Services and try to help her through it without making promises and be able to deal with a 37 yo mother dying of ovarian cancer to drug addicts who are high and just had a stillbirth.

    Its also really great when a mum who was hospitalized due to complications from IVF is able to go home and when she delivers she remembers you from the other unit.
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    thank you so uch Fiona.
    Quote from Fiona59
    Lets see I'm a Womens Float pool. When I work post partum I take care of 5 mums and their infants. Everything from admission for a scheduled section to discharge. The babies are "roomed in" so we do a lot of patient teaching about self and infant care (amazing how many people don't go to prenatal class). Meds, physical assessment of Mum and baby, wound care, removal of sutures and staples on sections, discharge home, car checks, support those Mums whose babies are in the NICU.

    In Gyne its basically specialized surgical nursing. Except when a woman has miscarried she is returned to the Gyne unit, so there is a lot of emotional support required with these patients. So, its basically wound care, meds, assessment. The surgery is all bladder or on reproductive organs.

    A big thing at my facility on the interview is the fact that the hospital performs late term terminations for fetal anomalies (never spell that one right), so being nonjudgmental is very important.

    The main thing I've discovered over the years is women need emotional support on these units, so you have to be able to listen, observe their attitudes and educate at the appropriate level. So, you have to be able to sit with a teenager who has had her baby taken by Social Services and try to help her through it without making promises and be able to deal with a 37 yo mother dying of ovarian cancer to drug addicts who are high and just had a stillbirth.

    Its also really great when a mum who was hospitalized due to complications from IVF is able to go home and when she delivers she remembers you from the other unit.
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    *much. do you have your ADN or BSN?
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    thank you so uch Fiona.
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    I'm an LPN and proud of it.


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