Job Title: Registered Nurse Work In Obstetrics
Type of Company: I work in healthcare in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Previous Experience: I worked as a staff nurse at Salem Hospital, north of Boston, from 1989-1991 doing stroke and orthopedic care but in Jan of 1991 I moved to labor and delivery as a staff nurse at a different hospital.
Job Tasks: I am a staff labor and delivery nurse, working part-time, twenty-four ours a week, at a local hospital. I've been cross-trained and can either do maternal postpartum care or I can care for the newborn. I take care of mother and baby and all their needs. I also have patients who are going into labor whom I attend right through delivery. I may also assist in the nursery doing care of newborns. Occasionally I work as a second in the neonatal care center tending stable premature babies. Each shift is different and it depends, really, what is on the floor. We have everything in one basket, including our own operating and recovery room for women who need cesarian sections. I also scrub, circulate or may get the baby in the operating room.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part is helping to bring new life into the world. No two deliveries are the same. They're all miracles. The worst part is having a mother give birth to a stillborn infant: getting her through the delivery only to discover that the child has departed this world. A part of me dies with each loss.
Job Tips: There is no place I would rather be in healthcare than in labor and delivery. As difficult as it can be, there is no greater joy then life. Being a part of bringing a new person into the world is so fulfilling and having moms come back and help them again and again and watch these families grow is amazing. This is the field where you want to be in if you like to help others.
Additional Thoughts: I love what I do and have been blessed to work with a great set of doctors as well as nurses who have helped me to grow and be the nurse that I am today. It is a field that has so much to offer and so many different directions to take. I highly recommend it.
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