The world of maternal/child nursing is exhilarating and challenging. It is for the nurse who likes the intensity of managing high-risk situations, as well as the satisfaction of supporting the natural process of childbirth. The maternal/child nurse must be keenly aware of what is normal and know that observation and support is sometimes all that is needed.
The maternal/child nurse provides physical, emotional and educational support for women and their families from newborn to adolescents. Obstetric nurses are cross-trained to care for laboring, postpartum and newborn patients. Nurses have many options available to tailor the labor and delivery experience according to the needs of each family. Low intervention initiatives, as well as high intervention procedures may be a part of a typical day. Excellent communication skills and teamwork are essential as the obstetric nurse collaborates with a broad spectrum of providers, including family practice, anesthesiologists, obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, pediatricians and ancillary units to achieve excellent patient outcomes.
Obstetric nurses are required to obtain and maintain competencies in NRP, STABLE, CPR and AWHONN fetal monitoring. Certification by the NCC in inpatient obstetrics is promoted and encouraged. A yearly bonus is given to those who maintain their certification.
Pediatric nurses are cross-trained to care for pediatric and postpartum patients. Nurses have options available to make every pediatric experience unique. Emphasis is placed on education of the individual’s diagnosis and how it affects the child and family. Excellent communication and collaboration with all entities involved in the child’s care is a requirement. Pediatric nurses are required to maintain CPR. NRP, PALS and ENPC courses are encouraged. Pediatric certification is also promoted and encouraged. A yearly bonus is given to those that maintain their certification.
|Patient Population||Perinatal patients, neonates and pediatric patients|
|Unit Size||7 LDR rooms, 8 postpartum rooms, 5 designated pediatric rooms, 14 flex rooms that will accommodate pediatrics, postpartum or low-risk antepartum patients|
|Nurse-to-Patient Ratio||1:1 or 1:2 laboring patients, 1:3 or 1:4 couplets, 1:1 or 1: 4 pediatric patients, dependent on acuity|
|Skill Mix||RN and USNA|
|Orientation||Individualized, dependent on previous experience. New graduates complete a 12-week orientation. Nurses with previous experience complete a modified orientation of eight weeks.|