OB/GYN clinical nurses are registered nurses who specialize in the care and treatment of expectant mothers and their newborn babies. These nurses typically work either in maternity wards in hospitals or dedicated clinics which specialize in obstetrics, gynecology, and women's reproductive health. An OB/GYN nurse not only assists a specialist physician and provides care for these patients, but also provides education and answers questions that patients may have about prenatal care and birth issues.
OB/GYN clinical nurses are typically employed in hospitals, where their work revolves around assistance and care for patients who are pregnant. This may involve answering questions and providing information to help patients feel at ease during what can be a stressful situation, and they also help prepare patients before they are seen by doctors, which may include cursory examinations, documentation of any reported issues, and normal collection of health data like vital signs and blood pressure.
During a birth, the OB/GYN clinical nurse will monitor the patient throughout labor and document "initiating events" as the actual birth draws nearer. They typically help patients feel at ease and keep their physicians notified of all developments, and they also assist in the actual birth process, including surgical births via caesarean section.
Aspiring OB/GYN clinical nurses should have all education and certification requirements necessary to be a registered nurse, which include college education, clinical internship, and residency. The specialized nature of this field also requires ongoing education and clinical internships specific to OB/GYN care. Most OB/GYN clinical nurses work in hospitals or reproductive health clinics, typically with long and irregular hours.
OB/GYN Clinical Nurse Tasks
Educate patients on their health and train them on self-care procedures before hospital discharge.
Assist physicians with day-to-day patient care.
Evaluate and document patient progress in reaching established goals.
Record patient histories and maintain appropriate documentation and paperwork.