CNA's in Labor & Delivery, Well baby

  1. I have an interview in the morning for a CNA in L&D and I do know they get floated over to well baby when needed. I did interview for the same position a year ago without luck. I am nervous and have been so worried about what to say what not to say. Any advice? Every one I talk to says I should tell them about my children, birth, what I have experienced. I don't think it is the right thing though.

    Do you have CNA's? What do they do? From the interview last year I remember they work right with the nurse, but with no med administration, of course. They are also in charge of fetal demise, doing molds and prints etc.
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  3. by   JaneyW
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    I have an interview in the morning for a CNA in L&D and I do know they get floated over to well baby when needed. I did interview for the same position a year ago without luck. I am nervous and have been so worried about what to say what not to say. Any advice? Every one I talk to says I should tell them about my children, birth, what I have experienced. I don't think it is the right thing though.

    Do you have CNA's? What do they do? From the interview last year I remember they work right with the nurse, but with no med administration, of course. They are also in charge of fetal demise, doing molds and prints etc.
    To be a good CNA in L&D, you have to be a hard worker and have a good attitude. Our best ones know their job and do it without us having to ask a lot. They can turn around triage rooms without prompting and know what we need before we even ask. It is different from other units in that there is no real 'schedule' of when things get done. You need to be able to think ahead and be a self-starter. You need to be good at working in a fast paced environment. You need to NOT try to be the nurse. We all have our own duties and when we do them as a team it works wonderfully!

    Be prepared to have long periods of boredom with intense periods of work. I found that my experience as a Mom has a lot to do with my success as a nurse. Not because I had had a baby, but because I am used to multi-tasking and going from zero to 90 stat. I'm also good at working while exhausted and skipping meals and potty breaks, but that's another thread. Good Luck!
  4. by   following_faith
    Good luck to you! What a wonderful opportunity!
  5. by   BETSRN
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    I have an interview in the morning for a CNA in L&D and I do know they get floated over to well baby when needed. I did interview for the same position a year ago without luck. I am nervous and have been so worried about what to say what not to say. Any advice? Every one I talk to says I should tell them about my children, birth, what I have experienced. I don't think it is the right thing though.

    Do you have CNA's? What do they do? From the interview last year I remember they work right with the nurse, but with no med administration, of course. They are also in charge of fetal demise, doing molds and prints etc.
    Our techs scrub for sections, do vitals, clean, stock, draw blood, can do accuchecks (but we usually do our own), help with patient care, give bed baths (to post-ops), babysit the nursery if necessary, do baby pictures and help in about another million ways. They also do ordering, gift bags.

    Our techs have NO responsibilities with any antepartums or labor patients. They are not involved at all with fetal demises, either.

    Stick with your CNA experience. Your personal experience with your own children isn't appropriate here. Good luck.
  6. by   USA987
    Our CNA's are a vital asset to L&D. Just recently we have started to try and include them in our deliveries. They run and get things, help hold the legs, footprint the baby, do blood sugars, bathe the baby. They stock the rooms. And finally, they are specially trained to scrub in on c-sections and postpartum tubal ligations. Good luck!

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