A nurse obstetrics assists obstetricians to deliver babies. They also assist their doctors during surgeries that are related to cesarean procedures. They may perform pap-smear procedures on patients. They interview patients at the beginning of their visits, write down relevant information, and give the information to the obstetricians before they examine patients. They answer patients’ questions and/or refer questions to their obstetricians. They ask patients for any changes since their last visit. They take patients’ vital signs, such as temperature, weight, and blood pressure. They write down medication that patients are currently taking for their doctors to review. They must place all medical information given by their patients into medical records and input the information in a database. They are responsible for cleaning and sterilizing medical instruments. They must have a good bedside manner. They must be willing to listen to patients. They must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They must be able to work in a team environment.
Employers require that candidates have graduated from an accredited school of nursing. Employers prefer that candidates have recent labor and delivery experience. They must have required state licenses. They must have basic life support (BLS/CPR) certification. Some employers require that nurses obstetrics possess fetal monitoring certification. They must be able to learn their employer’s various machines to monitor babies while they are still in mothers’ wombs. They are often required to attend various classes, relevant workshops, and conferences. They may be required to train and coach new nurses.
Nurse Obstetrics Tasks
Organize and maintain proper equipment and supplies needed for patient care
Demonstrate knowledge and properly document patient assessments, vital signs, test results, and care plans
Responsible for the efficient and safe management of patients throughout the labor process.
Facilitate communication between physicians, co-workers, patients and visitors to promote patient safety proper care.