Published Dec 2, 2003
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ROLE OF AN OB-GYN NURSE?
OR WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BTWN. THIS AND A NEONATAL NURSE?
neonatal = concerning the first 28 days after birth
neonate = a newborn infant up to 1 month of age
OB = obstetrics = management of women during pregnancy and childbirth
GYN = gynecology = related to diseases of the female reproductive organs and the breasts
Those are definitions from Taber's but in L&D nursing practice I think there is more overlap, I'm sure the pros here will give you a more explicit answer.
The role of an OB/GYN nurse in the hospital is something like this;
coach mom during labor, answer dad's questions, assure granny that yes you know what you are doing, keeping people who upset mom out; caring for baby when born; assisting with breastfeeding; a lot of teaching; taking care of gyn (female problems) who have had surgery; taking care of any female that may fall in to this catagory by way of new york; and anything else that management may push onto you.
at one hospital where i work, we took care of overflow; that means men, children, and women as long as they were not contagious. we had heart pts, GI pts, fresh ortho pts.
neonatal nurses take care of newborns and associated problems, i think. I just do well babies.
hope this helps.
Thanks so much. That helped ALOT.
So basically, a Neonatal Nurse takes care of babies in the NICU or ill newborns. And an OB/GYN nurse is basically the nurse that takes care of the baby, teaches mom, etc.
Don't ask me, Me and Ms Scarlet don't know nothin' bout birthin no babies
I hate to answer this because I am so unsure myself but I thought that an OB/GYN nurse was a very broad term whereas Newborn Nursery Nurse (well-baby nurse) and NICU nurse (sick babies) and Labor and Delivery (delivering babies) were more specific forms of it but like I said I am not a nurse yet and very unsure.
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