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Career Story: Maternity Nurse In A Hospital

Maternity Nurse In A Hospital

Job Title: Rn

Type of Company: I work in a hospital.

Education: BS, Nursing, UMass-Amherst

Previous Experience: I first worked in a nursing home making beds. Then I traveled as a certified home health aide going house to house.

Job Tasks: The responsibilities of a nurse are very elaborate. I am a maternity nurse. I am the person who helps with the delivery of a newborn baby and I also take care of the mother and baby after the delivery is over. Typically a mother stays in the hospital for a total of 2-4 days before going home to her family.

My usual day will depend on the assignment that I am given. I can take care of mothers who are in labor, or who have just delivered a baby, or mothers who have problems but it's still too early to have a healthy baby... all of which are different in the maternity unit. I have a well-rounded role. There are many surprises in my field, some of which are most beautiful---the miracle of life! Rarely are surprises sad. Some surprises just get you an adrenalin rush, in which case you are thankful everything worked out. Every day that I work seems to be different in some way and I am always learning. My job never gets boring.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of being a maternity nurse is seeing a newborn delivery. Words can never express the joys with the miracle of life! It never gets boring. There is always something new in the nursing field. It feels nice to help other people.

The worst part of being a nurse is being responsible for working every other weekend and some major holidays.

Job Tips: Get your Bachelors degree. You can go anywhere with it. I know you can get a nursing degree with just two years of schooling but if you want to advance in the field a four-year degree is much better. Research the clinical experiences the schools offer. Some of my clinicals were a waste of time. I remember traveling an hour or more to get to a "clinical"... where I ended up teaching in a pre-school! Apparently at the time I went to college, hospitals didn't want to incur the liabilities they associated with nursing students. I got all my clinical experience at the hospital I got hired at.

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