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Perinatal Nurse

BSN and MSN

Perinatal Nurses help women during pregnancy. They teach mothers-to-be about pre-natal health, and what they’ll experience while carrying a baby. They also educate patients on childbirth options, and how to bond with and care for the baby after it’s born. As a Perinatal Nurse, you’ll also assist your patients during labor, and be there to help, should any complications arise.

Things You'll Do:

  • Teach patients good pre-natal health
  • Help supervise patients during pregnancy
  • Show new mothers bonding techniques and how to care for their new baby

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse, getting experience in perinatal nursing.
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  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Seek out internships and opportunities to shadow currently employed perinatal nurses.
  • Get Your
    Perinatal nursing certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Become a
    Become a Certified Perinatal Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Physician’s offices
    • Community clinics

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Many employers also require prospective perinatal nurses to earn Nurse Practitioner credentials before hiring them.

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