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Career Story: Hospital Staff Nurse In High-Risk Obstetrics Unit

Hospital Staff Nurse In High-Risk Obstetrics Unit

Job Title: CRITAL CARE OB NURSES

Education: AA in Nursing

Previous Experience: I did a career change from waitress to RN.

Job Tasks: I am a staff nurse in a high-risk obstetrics (ob) unit. A high-risk ob unit is designed to care for pregnant women with complications during their pregnancies or while delivering their babies. Essentially, I take care of women who are very sick or whose babies are in critical condition. I monitor the heart rate of babies inside mother's uterus to determine if the babies are ill. I assess contraction patterns and how the babies respond to contractions. I determine how well labor is progressing. I have, on occasion, delivered babies by myself when they just won't wait. Besides the medical part of labor and delivery, I help families with the emotional part of bringing a new baby into their family.

I also provide emotional support to also treat high-risk ob patients. We receive high-risk people from four surrounding states. I constantly assess patient condition and update the doctor as needed. I have a lot of independence in my work. I help our high-risk moms by giving emotional support when they come in the hospital scared for themselves or their babies. I get them help with housing, food and transportation for family members.

I also work in the operating room as a circulating nurse. I count instruments with scrub tech and document everything that goes on during operating room time. I also recover the patient after surgery. I watch vital signs for any problems, treat for pain, and watch for too much bleeding. I really enjoy what I do!

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part for me is helping the high risk patient feel safe and secure by giving them all the information I can on their condition or their baby's. I also like the challenge of the sick patient that needs a lot of nursing care. The worst part is not having enough nurses and feeling unsafe in my care.

Job Tips: I think working as and aid in a nursing home or home health care is a good way to see if you like working in a caregiver setting. I worked in home health care as a CNA (Certified Nurses Aide) while going through school and knew that this career was going to be a good fit for me.

Additional Thoughts: In nursing, there are so many different things you can do. For example, if you don't like working with the elderly, you may like working with babies. If you don't care for blood and other graphic medical things, you can be a phone nurse or work in an office for a doctor. Some many different choices you can make.

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