Neonatal Nursing & Obstetrics Nursing Career Project Made by: Katie Edwards
Neonatal Nurse • Neonatal nursing is a subspecialty of nursing that works with newborn infants born with a variety of problems ranging from prematurity, birth defects, infection, cardiac malformations, and surgical problems. The neonatal period is defined as the first month of life; however, these newborns are often sick for months. Neonatal nursing generally encompasses those infants who experience problems shortly after birth, but it also encompasses care for infants who experience long-term problems related to their prematurity or illness after birth. A few neonatal nurses may care for infants up to about 2 years of age. Most neonatal nurses care for infants from the time of birth until they are discharged from the hospital.
Obstetrics Nurse • Obstetrics nurses assist doctors in caring for women during pregnancies and childbirth. They often work in the labor and delivery department in hospitals, health clinics or doctors' offices. Obstetrics nurses work as part of a team of caregivers.
Neonatal nurses work directly with patients who may require the use of specialized equipment, such as incubators and ventilators. They must be able to calculate and administer proper dosages of medication, connect intravenous lines and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Neonatal nurses perform a number of tasks with patients, including providing treatment, performing tests, documenting patient history and running equipment. They may also be called upon to work with a patient's family to comfort or educate them Duties • Obstetric Nurses prepare delivery rooms, prep patients, sterilize and prepare instruments, care for babies immediately after birth, and explain after-birth care to new parents
Neonatal and Obstetrics Nurses, both typically work in hospitals or similar healthcare facilities, where care is required around the clock. Though nurses can work traditional day hours, they may also be scheduled to work nights, weekends and holidays. Working Conditions
Advancements • RNs who want to work as an OB nurse must obtain experience working in obstetrics. During training, a student may try to do their internship in an OB department of a hospital. Graduates may apply for an entry-level position in the maternity department of a hospital. Applicants must have a current RN license. They must have worked in obstetrics for 24 months and have put in, at minimum, 2,000 hours • Those who wish to become a neonatal registered nurse must first complete a nursing program that prepares them to become a registered nurse. Student nurses have the option of earning an associate's degree or a bachelor’s degree. It is easier to make advancements in the work place with a bachelor’s degree though. The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) advises individuals who want to work with neonates to gain, at a minimum, two years experience in the NICU. Additionally, if you want to advance in the work place, it would be a benefit to you to attend graduate school as a neonatal nurse practitioner.
Earnings! • Neonatal Nursing: • $66,530 yearly salary/ $32.00 per hour • Obstetrics Nursing: • $55,000 to $80,000 annually/ $23 - $32 per hour
Lake Superior State University Lake Superior State University is my “perfect choice” for a college. This would be the best choice for me for either of the careers I am interested in. LSSU is in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, and it is the smallest public university in the state of Michigan. They also have a 100 % placement rate for their nursing program. College Choice! The degree I would have to receive to become a neonatal nurse or obstetrics nurse would be a BSN, or Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. After I receive a BSN I can become an RN, LPN, or LVN. It will cost me about $20,000 per year, for four years
How Are They Alike? Neonatal and Obstetrics Nurses are alike in many ways. Some things they have in common are: they both work in the same kind of setting, mainly in hospitals, they both work with infant babies and new parents, and they both can make many advancements within their work place. Also, you can start out both careers with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which is offered at Lake State Superior University.
How Are They Different? Neonatal Nurse • Work in the NICU • Work with unhealthy babies • Make more money • Care for babies for up to 2 years Obstetrics Nurse • Work in delivery room • Work directly with new parents • Work with babies immediately after delivery • Assist the doctor • Work with women throughout the whole pregnancy
My Career Choice: Neonatal Nurse :) I pick Neonatal Nurse because I want to be the one that can try to help and save a child’s life. I’m the type of person that likes to help everybody as much as I can and especially work with children.
Works Cited Page Pictures Information • http://www.google.com/imgres?q=NICU&um=1&hl=en&safe=active&tbo=d&bi • http://www.google.com/imgres?q=prenatal+nursing&um=1&hl=en&safe=active&tbo=d&biw • http://www.nann.org/education/content/neonatal-nursing-career-info.html • http://education-portal.com/articles/Obstetrics_Nurse_Job_ Description_and_Requirements_for_Becoming_an_Obstetrics_Nurse.html • http://education-portal.com/articles/Neonatal_Registered_Nurse_ Job_ Description_and_Educational_Requirements.html • http://www.lssu.edu/cmscatalog1213/nursing.php