Job Title: Maternity Nurse
Type of Company: Large, tertiary hospital in Boston, MA.
Education: BS, Physical Education, Bridgewater State College BSN, Nursing, UMass-Boston MSN, Nursing Education, Salem State College
Previous Experience: This was my first nursing job. I've now been here for thirteen years.
Job Tasks: My responsibilities include caring for mothers and their newborns and training in the complexities of postpartum care. Breast feeding teaching is a very large component of teaching. Fathers and significant others are also incorporated into the teaching so that they can help the mother when she gets home.
Often I am assigned to the nursery for the shift. Responsibilities include caring for the babies that are in the nursery, as well as administering any medication that is ordered. Assisting the pediatricians is also included. I am also sometimes required to be the nurse in charge. In addition to being responsible for the patient assignment, I am also responsible for assigning new patients to the floor and making out the assignment for the oncoming shift.
There are days when you run from the second you walk on the unit. Because I work in a large hospital there is often high acuity for the patients. Sometimes we are transfusing patients because of a hemorrhage that occurred during their delivery. There are often new mothers on the unit who are very young and a lot of teaching needs to be done. We need to make sure that they have support at home and, if not, we need to get the social worker involved to help out.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part is sharing in the parents joy of the arrival of their baby.
The worst part is that often babies are born sick and sometimes it is very upsetting for the parents. It is hard to reassure them when you know that their baby may not live or may have long-term problems.
Job Tips: Get your bachelors degree in nursing, not just an associate's degree. You will be more marketable with a bachelors. Also, don't come out of school thinking that you will only work day shifts, no weekends and no holidays. If you work in a hospital, weekends, holidays, and off shifts are all part of the job. It is a rewarding job overall but you will miss out on some family events due to work.
These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).
Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
Advance your career. 100% Focused on Health Sciences.
The goal of earning a master’s degree should be defined by you, not by your circumstances. No matter which path you’ve chosen, a graduate degree can help you advance with your current organization, explore opportunities with a new company, or even start fresh in a new industry. When you earn your master's degree, you’re opening new opportunities for career development that can make a difference for you and your family. Through flexible class scheduling, dedicated career advisors and quality programs, NAU strives to provide a caring and supportive learning environment to ensure your success as a student.
Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County.
Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.
Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.
Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning.
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.
Wilkes University’s School of Nursing offers CCNE-accredited online degrees and certificate programs ideal for working health care professionals, instructed by experienced, respected faculty dedicated to mentoring and personalized support for every student.
About Brightwood College
Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Registered Nurses, including: