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by angelicasmth angelicasmth (New Member) New Member

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Hello, I have am a CNA && Nursing Student. 

My questions is regarding the Mother and Baby Unit and some tips for working in this unit as a CNA: What are all/some of the CNA duties? How do these CNA's differ from other CNA's working with only adults/geriatrics.

My CNA background: Psychiatric Hospital (Chemical D/Mental Illness), LTAC (Med/Surg, Tele, ICU), && Gastro/Urinary (Tele).

I have no experience working with babies or New Mothers, but my goal for my future nursing career will be working as a Midwife. That being said working in this type of unit should and hopefully will help build a foundation for my skills.

I have an interview coming up and would like some advice from nurses and/or other CNA's that do or have worked in this type of unit. What skills will I lack moving into a Mother and Baby unit and how can I prepare myself for this interview. 

The position is per diem (6 shifts per month) NOC 12 hour shift.

Thank you.

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mindofmidwifery has 4 years experience as a CNA and works as a Student Nurse Associate.

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When I worked in Mother Baby as a tech, my main duties were catering to Mom and getting vital signs. Catering duties include: making sure she is comfortable, making sure she isn't hungry, making sure she is not sleeping with the baby, answering any questions she might have, amongst more. A lot of the time I helped moms up to the bathroom the first time they went to the bathroom. We got to remove foleys on my unit as well as draw blood and do blood sugars on both Mom and Baby. If Baby was crying a lot and I could tell the parents were exasperated, I would either offer to take Baby to the nursery or help with Kangaroo Care. I also helped parents with bottle feeding their baby. Moms who had c sections needed their Peri pads monitored for bleeding as well as post c section vitals. 

I wasn't in the nursery very often but when I was I'd bottle feed babies, hold and rock some of them who were crying, give baths, draw blood, and change diapers. 

It's been a couple years since I had that position but I guess the best tip I can give you is to show your enthusiasm. The Mother Baby infant in my experience is very different from any other unit in that situations are usually happy. Being enthusiastic, and showing your kindness and patience will help in your interview. Good luck!

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LibraSunCNM has 10 years experience and works as a CNM.

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The techs on the MBU where I used to work helped moms out of bed to go to the bathroom for the first time, changed bed linens, answered call lights, fetched water and supplies, removed Foleys, and could draw blood.  For babies, they were able to draw blood/do PKUs, hearing screens, give baths, do weights, assist with circs, and watch babies in the nursery if their moms needed a break and the charge nurse had stepped out.  Many of those baby tasks are farmed out to lab techs or hearing techs at other hospital, but at ours, we had to do it all.  A solid foundation in breastfeeding is always helpful to be able to assist moms if the nurse or LC isn't free.  Ask what specific skills you will need to be trained in.  None of the skills listed above are rocket science, and your back will be much happier than when you worked with sick adult patients, trust me 🙂

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traumaRUs has 25 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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Moved to OB/GYN nursing. Best wishes

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Also I'd like to add another question, regarding vitals.

For the sake of psyching myself out, what vital signs are nurses looking for from their mother and baby PT's. The ideal Vitals.

These questions are asked a lot in interviews, so I just wanted to see what Nurses consider ideal vitals in this type of unit.

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