How many years do you have to go to school to be a maternity nurse?
If you have an undergraduate degree in another field, you can pursue an accelerated degree program, which often takes two to three years. There's no degree program specifically for maternity nursing, but you can take elective courses in obstetrics, labor and delivery, and neonatal nursing.
Typical Steps for Becoming a Maternity Nurse
- Take the prerequisites required by your nursing program.
- Earn an associate or bachelor's degree.
- Become licensed by passing the NCLEX-RN exam.
- Find a registered nursing job to help you gain experience.
- Look for nursing jobs in labor and maternity wards.
- Signs of a miscarriage can include spotting or vaginal bleeding similar to a menstrual period. The bleeding will often have more clots than a regular period, appearing as tiny lumps in the vaginal discharge. Heavier bleeding is another matter, particularly if accompanied by cramping.
- The first symptoms of miscarriage are usually spotting or bleeding, followed by cramps in your lower back or abdomen. Other signs include fluid or tissue passing from the vagina. If you are miscarrying, bleeding will become heavier and cramping can be painful as the cervix dilates.
- Some women do not have any symptoms after the miscarriage. This is known as a missed abortion. Miscarriages can be mistaken for periods that are unusually heavy and severe. Bleeding early in pregnancy before an intrauterine pregnancy has been confirmed may be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy.
Average Pay for RNs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses in all specialties earned an average of $67,930 per year as of 2012. Half of all RNs made between $25.80 and $37.84 per hour and reported annual earnings ranging from $53,670 to $78,700 per year.
- Average Pay for RNs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses in all specialties earned an average of $67,930 per year as of 2012. Half of all RNs made between $25.80 and $37.84 per hour and reported annual earnings ranging from $53,670 to $78,700 per year.
- Education involved: In order to become a labor and delivery nurse, you must graduate from an accredited registered nursing program, which may be two or four years long. Passing a state exam is the next part of the process to become licensed as a nurse.
- Neonatal nurses are certified in neonatal intensive care nursing or neonatal resuscitation. They may be required to have clinical experience in a hospital. Some neonatal nurses care for healthy infants, while others work in the neonatal intensive care unit, called the NICU, where they focus on premature and ill babies.
Median Salary. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for all registered nurses was $64,690 per year as of May 2010. The lowest 10 percent of RNs earned less than $44,190 per year, while the top 10 percent earned more than $95,130.
- Average Pay & Benefits. You certainly won't starve working as an Ob/Gyn. The average hourly pay for these doctors was $105.10, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or about $218,610 per year.
- Obstetrics nurses, sometimes referred to as OB nurses, specialize in assisting doctors in the care of pregnant women and in the delivery of babies. 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.
- Ob/Gyn Salaries. The numbers are higher for those who combine obstetrics and gynecology. The Profiles survey reported a first-year median income of $200,000 per year for ob/gyns, lower than for gynecologists, but the corresponding AMGA figure is higher at $275,152 per year.
Updated: 2nd October 2019