Curious about ob-gyn nursing career

  1. Hello, I am considering entering the field of nursing, and am very interested in ob-gyn as a specialty. I was wondering if anyone had any words of advice for me? Thanks alot, I'd like the good and the bad.
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  3. by   HazeK
    hard work, long hours, physically and emotionally exhausting, requires constantly updating one's knowledge base and skills....and wonderful!

  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    shadow an OB RN and see what his/her average shift is like. Then go to the local university and obtain a degree plan for RN training. Tackle the pre-requisite classes first then apply to nursing school. It is very rewarding. Like Haze, it is hard work....VERY and some days I go home wanting to cry but I want to encourage you to go for it if it's what you want. I wish you the best of luck!
  5. by   mark_LD_RN
    HazeK about said it all. find a nurse and follower her around. and the most important thing of all, only become a nurse if you really want to.doing it for the money or other reasons you will eventually become disheartened and not enjoy it at all.same goes for cjhoosing to work any area especially ob
  6. by   imupallnite
    can you become an ob nurse with an associate rn or do you have to have bsn? i have thought about ob nursing for a long time and my thought is who else is in the hospital because they want to be, do you think that has any bearing on the enjoyment of the job? i just think that being their for the miracle that birth/children are would be an amazing job, on the other hand i would think loosing any patient would be hard but none worse than a baby? so do i have any of this right?!!! 1 other question is- ladies is it hard to get used to doing pelvics or is it even an issue once you get to that point in your schooling/working?? just curious always thought this would be a weird thing!! thanks in advance for any replys!
  7. by   mark_LD_RN
    i have worked at hospitals that it was required to have a BSN to work L&D,ER,OR or ICU

    i currently work for one that does not matter as long as you have experience,

    other hospital i am prn at it is required you have a BSN now.

    hope that helps
  8. by   Whisper
    I am thinking about training to be a midwife, if/when I qualify as an RN, so I may be lurking on this thread for a while.

    I was curious and didn't want to waste bandwidth, I read somehere about LD nurses only catching babies if the doctor is not there in time, is that standard practice in the USA?
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    yes whisper. Nurses where I work avoid catching babies. Me, I don't make enuf to catch babie (and the risk it involves), and make EVERY effort to ensure a dr is there to do the catching since this is THEIR job and what they are paid the big $$$ to do. The patient/her insurance don't get a refund or price break for an RN delivery after all.
  10. by   mother/babyRN
    All the above, and many hospitals formerly requiring BSN are now acutely aware that they should and do require good experienced nurses, and have relaxed that hurdle....It is good to get a med surg base before going into OB...You'll encounter some of everything there, believe me...But, it is a cool place....