Labor and Delivery Nurse
What is a Labor and Delivery Nurse?
Labor and delivery nurses are a vital part of the patient care team at a hospital. They’re in charge of caring for a patient that is pregnant and their child. The job can differ depending on the hospital location and the size.
What does a Labor and Delivery Nurse Do?
There’re many different tasks a Labor and delivery nurse is responsible for; the following is a shortlist of some of the jobs they might carry out:
- Maintaining pregnancy in patients that are antepartum mothers.
- Assessing and monitoring fetal
- Managing patients that are in labor, which includes induction assistance, epidural assistance, management for pain, education, and delivery support
- Administering medication and immunizations
- Informing patients about medications, labor, pushing, delivering, and postpartum care for the baby and mother
- Charting (through electronic medical record)
- Caring for newborns and making sure an infant is healthy
- Working well together with the care management team
The L&D has to keep in touch with the patient’s midwife, charge nurse, anesthesiologist, lactation nurse, delivery nurse if the patient has one, and the family. Working well together with the care team is an important skill needed because their jobs revolve around each other.
How do you become a labor and delivery nurse?
To become an L&D, the first step is to acquire an ADN (associates degree nurse) and pass the NCLEX-RN exam to be eligible for an RN License. ADN programs can take up to 2 years to complete, offered through community colleges or universities. After achieving your ADN and RN, you will need to get a Bachelor of Science in nursing to meet the IOM mandate and competitive advantage. BSN typically takes up to 4 years to finish. An alternative would be a “bridge” program from ADN to BSN; this can take up to 12-24 months to complete, allowing for a student to achieve their BSN in less time. Lastly would be a Master of Science in Nursing. This isn’t a requirement to become a professional Labor and delivery nurse, but it opens the doors to getting administrative nursing opportunities. There would be plenty of other educational opportunities if you chose to continue pursuing further education, such as certifications, internships, and practicums.
How much do Labor and Delivery Nurses Make?
The salary for an L&D nurse can be affected by multiple things such as education, experience, skills, and certifications. The average pay for an L&D is $75,000 a year but can range from $62,009 to $93,913.