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Monday, April 27, 2009

Labor and Delivery Nursing: How to Become a Labor and Delivery Nurse?

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How to Become a Labor and Delivery Nurse?

The role of a Labor and Delivery Nurse is to provide care to pregnant women in addition to the actual birth process. As a labor and delivery nurse or a nurse midwife, you have to assess complications during pregnancy to provide postpartum care. Labor and delivery nurses provides support and empathy to expecting mothers because their road to delivering a baby is someone a mix of excitement and fear.

As a labor and delivery nurse, you will be face with frightened angry pregnant patient that expect you to do something to relieve their pains. It is your role as a labor and delivery nurse to keep them calm, provide support and assess their status to prevent complications.

Inorder to become a Labor and Delivery Nurse you may have to work as a general care nurse for a period of time to gain some of the required skills before moving into being a labor and delivery nurse. However, due to the need for labor and delivery nurses, some hospitals are hiring graduates and placing them in a program for six months to a year where they work closely with and learn from experienced labor and delivery nurses.

To specialize as a Nurse Midwife / Labor & Delivery Nurse, Certification exams can be taken after 2 years of working in a specialized field of care, and upon successful completion the nurse may use RN,C as part of their title. Two areas to consider are neonatal care, for seriously ill or premature newborns, and becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife. Nurse Midwives have advanced education and training beyond their registered nursing degree. These nurses treat women before, during and after birth, and usually stay with a patient for the length of their labor and delivery to offer support.

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