How to Become a Labour and Delivery Nurse?: Guide Spotlighted at Nursing100.com

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The job outlook for labor and delivery nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2014 and 2020, according to information revealed in a newly published leading nursing profession website, http://nursing100.com/.

Labour and Deliver Nurse

Labour and Deliver Nurse

Hanson notes the Labor and delivery nurses are usually trained in all aspects of delivery, because if an emergency arises where a midwife or physician is not present,

“This is believed to be due to the fact that many registered nurses are getting ready to retire in the next decade. This will open up major opportunities for new aspiring labor and delivery nurses,” said Elizabeth Hansen, author of the newly published post “How to Become a Labour and Delivery Nurse”.

Areas covered in the guide include:

  •     Salary
  •     Job Description
  •     Education
  •     Certification & Licensing
  •     Job Outlook
  •     Links & Resources

The area that most persons show keen interest is not so much in the outlook of the profession, but what the job pays. According to the report, a new labor and delivery nurse in the United States earns an average of $64,690 per year. However, those in the highest 10 percent usually earn around $95,000 per year, while those in lowest 10 percent may earn around $44,000.

Noting a Labor and Deliver Nurse earning potential relies on several different factors, the author points to such factors as geographic location, place of employment, level of experience, certification status and level of education will all play a role.
Nevertheless, a Labour and Delivery Nurse, according to the guide’s author, Elizabeth Hansen, can easily increase his or her earning potential by gaining certifications that pertain to labor and delivery nursing.

“Increasing your level of education and taking advantage of opportunities to advance your experience can also be helpful,” said Elizabeth.

Pertaining to the job function a Labor and Delivery Nurse is called to fulfill, seems obvious, but is it? While a Labor and delivery nurse’s primarily work in birthing centers, major hospitals, women’s health clinics and obstetrical units, they are often perform many different roles depending on what their patients need.

Some less obvious duties of this type of nurse is asked to perform include, but not exhaustively, the following:

  •     Assisting in childbirth
  •     Creating a positive labor experience
  •     Patient education
  •     Monitoring patient vital signs and contractions
  •     Provide pain medications and other necessary medications
  •     Monitor mother throughout hospital stay
  •     Work with women throughout all stages of childbirth
  •     Assist with episiotomies and Cesarean sections

Hanson notes the Labor and delivery nurses are usually trained in all aspects of delivery, because if an emergency arises where a midwife or physician is not present, he or she knows exactly how to go about resolving the particular issue.

Besides the mandatory tertiary education in general nursing, the Labor and Delivery Nurse needs to fulfill certain Certification and Licensing requirements. Because Labor and delivery nurses must be highly skilled to keep up with the demands of the job, the guide points out the different certifications someone pursuing a career in this specialist nursing area might be interested in.

These include Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and the following certifications related to labor and delivery nursing:

  •     Inpatient Obstetric Nursing
  •     Low-Risk Neonatal Nursing
  •     Maternal Newborn Nursing
  •     Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  •     Neonatal Pediatric Transport

The certifications are usually good for two years, with the initial certification requiring the successful completion of a 15-hour class, and renewed before expiration by attending an eight-hour class every two years.

For further information about the newly released Labor and Delivery nurse salary and career guide visit Nursing100.com.

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JC McClain is the senior editor for Nursing100.com.

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