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Labor and Delivery Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Labor and Delivery Nurses help bring people into the world every day. They care for women during labor and childbirth, monitoring the baby and the mother, coaching mothers and assisting doctors. As a Labor and Delivery Nurse, you’ll prepare women, and their families, for the stages of giving birth and help patients with breastfeeding after the baby is born.

Things You'll Do:

  • Monitor the baby’s heart rate and mother’s blood pressure
  • Time contractions
  • Identify and assist with complications
  • Help administer medications and epidurals
  • Aid in inducing labor
  • Prepare new mothers for before, during and after pregnancy

Your job characteristics:

  • Fast-paced
  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Take elective courses in labor and delivery, in school.
  • Pass Your
    Take elective courses in labor and delivery, in school.
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse, getting experience in labor and delivery.
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  • Get Your
    Inpatient Obstetric Nursing (RNC-OB) certification through the National Certification Corporation
  • Become a
    Certified Labor and Delivery Nurse

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  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospital delivery room
    • Physician’s offices
    • Community clinics

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