Obstetrics/Gynecology Nurse at a Glance

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Best States for Obstetrics/Gynecology Nurse

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Mississippi 28,200 $57,740 $28
Rhode Island 11,840 $73,070 $35
South Dakota 11,030 $52,800 $25

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Becoming an Obstetrics/Gynecology Nurse

The first step in becoming an obstetrics/gynecology nurse is completing the necessary education requirements, beginning with an associate or bachelor's degree in nursing or diploma in nursing. During nursing school, students will take a variety of science and procedural courses that focus on the daily tasks of inserting IVs, changing dressings, administering medication, providing caring bedside manner, and more. Clinical practicums in obstetrics, surgery, pediatrics, gerontology, and other specialties are conducted throughout the program to help students find their best area of practice.

To get into the obstetrics/gynecology nursing field, graduates will most likely need a year or two of nursing experience under their belt. Depending on your desired position and employer, some nurses may have to take additional courses in obstetrics/gynecology topics or complete certain clinical practicums to be considered for obstetrics/gynecology nurse jobs. Recent graduates and those who are new to the field will receive on-the-job training and work closely with experienced OB/GYN nurses. Here are a few common courses students can expect to take while in nursing school:

  • Foundational Concepts of Nursing Practice
  • Pharmacology
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family

Most OB/GYN nurses are licensed registered nurses, which means they have to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) before they can legally practice. Your state's board of nursing will evaluate your test scores and other state-specific licensing requirements before awarding a license. To maintain an active nursing license in most states, continuing education is required or strongly encouraged.