how do you become a Labor/Delivery Nurse?

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I thought of another gift suggestion, maybe a medical terminology book to help understand some of the nurse lingo. It can be like a foreign language!

For the stethoscope, or other equipment, I have shopped here:

or here:

Good luck!


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Thanks for the links!

I took the baby and started on my quest. Bought a bunch of books today. I'll post the names tomorrow when I can sneak them into the house. They are sitting in the car trunk.

I am so appreciative and in admiration of nurses. I will be truly proud of my wife when she puts on her first official scrubs. Actually, I'll be proud of her just for pursuing it.

I'm also learning a lot by researching what it takes to enter this field!


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Specializes in Float Pool, ICU/CCU, Med/Surg, Onc, Tele.

Well there ya go... SCRUBS! No reason you can't just pick up a set of 'unofficial' scrubs to go under the tree. Imagine how delighted she'll be to open her packages... everything from books to scope to scrubs (and $$$). What more can a gal ask for? *swoons*

PS Scrubs are totally cozy and great for housework, studying, baby care, running errands, and sleeping. The more ya wash 'em the softer they get.


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Scrubs are a great idea, too! She's pregnant now, so I have to be careful with clothes!

Here are the books I've bought so far. They were at the store, and my research time is limited on weekends so some or all of them may be terrible. Who knows. It's all that Barnes and Noble had in the store. I'm going to get the above referenced book from Amazon.... Here they are;

Thompson's Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing

by Gloria Leifer, Eleanor Dumont Thompson (Editor)

Hardcover: 912 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.79 x 10.30 x 8.29

Publisher: W B Saunders Co; ISBN: 0721675573; 3nd edition (January 15, 1999)

Lippincott's Review Series, Maternal-Newborn Nursing (Book with CD-ROM)

by Barbara R. Stright (Editor)

Paperback: 328 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.69 x 9.07 x 6.06

Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers; ISBN: 0781722381; 3rd Bk&cdr edition (January 15, 2001)

Maternal-Neonatal Nursing (Springhouse Notes)

by Lynne Hutnik Conrad

Paperback: 192 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.55 x 8.93 x 5.95

Publisher: Springhouse Pub Co; ISBN: 0874348609; 3rd Bk&dsk edition (October 1996)

NCLEX-RN Review Made Incredibly Easy! (Book with CD-ROM)

Paperback: 747 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.35 x 9.19 x 7.50

Publisher: Springhouse Pub Co; ISBN: 1582550166; 1st edition (February 15, 2000)

Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam

by Mary McDonald (Editor)

Paperback: 348 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 10.98 x 8.48

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Pub; ISBN: 0763710628; 1st edition (January 15, 2000)


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Thanks for pointing me in the direction of those charts. I saw them in a bookstore (almost picked up a math chart for one of MY classes), but never saw them after that. Forgot what store I saw them in. Turns out, it was Borders. I'm definately going to pick some up for stocking stuffers! I'm not sure what the "cuff" is, which you mentioned, but I'm about to do a search on the web.



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You sound like a wonderful and caring husband!! Do you by chance have a brother? I think I want to trade up....

So many men are not supportive of their wives going back to school and improving their lives. She will be so happy to do this for all of you. I wish you well...



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I went to good husband school and squeaked by with a "C"! Should have studied harder.

Seriously, part of my enthusiasm stems from my admiration of nurses. I admire doctors as well, but the nurses work wacky hours, the doctors get all the recognition (and more money), and nurses seem to do all the dirty work. (I know from experience, I've spent a lot of time in the hosptal from thyroid problems)

Every nurse I know, does it for a genuine love of something connected to their line of work. TV shows don't do nurses justice. If I paid a kajillion dollars for my daughter to go to college and she came back and said she wanted to be a nurse, I'd support her in the same way I'm proud of my wife. Can you tell how much respect I have for nurses in general?

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