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Career Story: Obstetrical Nurse In A Maternity Unit

Obstetrical Nurse In A Maternity Unit

Job Title: Labor And Delivery Nurse

Type of Company: Hospital

Education: BS, Nursing, Curry College

Previous Experience: I worked as a certified nurse's assistant in a maternity unit while going to nursing school. I afterwards worked in a medical/surgical unit as a new grad nurse before going on to labor and delivery.

Job Tasks: I help pregnant women bring their babies into the world. I give them emotional and physical support throughout the delivery process. This can be scary for first-time moms and dads and part of what we do as RN's is to lend them our emotional support along with our understanding of the physiology of a woman's body.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I love being a part of the experience of bringing new life into the world, feeling that sense of accomplishment when a healthy infant is born with my help. Apart from this, though, the best part of my job is the hours. I could work nights, days, or evenings, but I have chosen to work evenings because I want to be home for my toddlers and I can only stay away from my children for about 4 hours a day. But I sometimes do nights (11pm-7am) the days my children have sports so I can attend their events and be around until bedtime.

The worst part of the job is that people still feel nurses don't know anything; we know almost as much as doctors do, experienced nurses especially. The doctors trust us and our judgement sometimes more than they do their own and I wish that patients understood that.

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