Inside Maternity Nurse Careers

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Biggest Surprises


"I was surprised to be as happy as I was, being around and taking care of the babies after their delivery. I knew as soon as I first step foot in the maternity ward, that this is what I wanted to do." (LPN; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Tennessee, female
School: Studied Nursing at University Of Memphis in Tennessee; completed Bachelor degree in 2010



"Documentation Skills More Important Than Patient Care Skills...
I was surprised to find out that I would be doing more paperwork and tapping on the computer than dealing with the patients." (Labor & Delivery; 2013)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Tennessee, female
School: Studied Nursing at University Of Tennessee in Tennessee; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"I was surprised to find that being a nurse required a lot of numbers and math which I was never good at growing up. As well as how important time management is in this field." (Registered Nurse; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: Studied Nursing at University Of Florida in Florida; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"I was surprised to find that nursing requires a great amount of patience and good people skills. These are things that can't really be taught, they are acquired through experience and due diligence." (Registered Nurse; 2013)

Career: 9 years of experience, currently based in Mississippi, male
School: Studied Nursing at Hinds Community College in Mississippi; completed Associate degree in 2003

Best & Worst Things About This Career


Maternity Nurse: "The best part of my job is knowing I am a part of making a special day -- the birth of a new baby -- even more special by helping a woman get through the pain of labor; or teaching new parents how to care for their new baby; or helping a woman stay pregnant for one or two more weeks. The worst part of my job is having to help families whose baby has died or will die after birth. It is sad for everyone involved, including the nurse and doctor." (2010)

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Career Tips


"Documentation Skills...
Don't get too caught up in thinking you will be spending all day dealing with patients. You will spend three quarters of your time documenting what patient care you did in one quarter of the time." (Labor & Delivery; 2013)


"Money Is Good, But Do It For Humanity...
Being a nurse is a good field to pursue. Some nurses tend to be more wealthy than doctors, but you should not go into the profession cause of the money, but to want to help care for another human being." (LPN; 2013)


"Good Career Even If You Don't Like Blood...
If you are interested in helping other people, nursing may be the career for you. You may want to volunteer at a hospital or job shadow a nurse for a day or two. I would also take anatomy and physiology classes if possible and see if you are interested in the human body and how it works. Don't worry if you don't like the sight of blood or needles, there are plenty of nurses who don't!" (Maternity Nurse; 2010)