Nursing/ Midwife

Lupe Hernandez

Tasks:

-Document findings of physical examinations

-Provide prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, or newborn care of patients

-Write information on medical records or provide narrative summaries to communicate patient information to other health care providers

-Consult with or refer patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice

-Order and interpret lab diagnosis

-Perform physical examinations by taking vital signs, checking neurological reflexes, checking breasts, or performing pelvic examinations

-Document patients' health histories, symptoms, physical conditions, or other diagnostic information

-Initiate emergency interventions to stabilize patients

-Monitor fetal development by listening to fetal's heartbeat, taking external uterine measurements, identifying fetal position, or estimating fetal size & weight

-Provide primary health care, including pregnancy and child birth, to women.

Education Needed

A nurse midwife is usually a registered nurse who has taken specialized coursework and earned a credential in nurse midwifery. They need to be a registered nurse through an associate's degree. A bachelor of science in nursing is required to enter the master's degree in nursing program.

Skills required

Nurses need good people skills to provide professional support and reassurance to a huge diversity of women. They need to be good at listening and communicating with women, their partners and families. Working as a midwife they need to have an in-depth understanding of foetal and child development. It is also important for them to update and test your knowledge against experience. They must be able to answer parents or anyone's questions, share their knowledge and skills with patients, their families and friends and make sure their needs are recognised by the rest of the care team. As a midwife you are part of a multidisciplinary team liaising with GPs, health visitors and social workers. You will also work with the parents and baby. They have to stay calm and alert in times of stress, and enable women to feel confident and in control. On the rare occasions where something goes wrong, nurses have to be ready to react quickly and effectively.

Job Outlook/ Growth

The employment for nurses is expected to a growth by 26%

Advancement Opportunities

Advanced nursing positions include nurse practitioners, who provide primary healthcare, and may be allowed to prescribe medication. Clinical nurse specialists and nurse anesthetists are advanced nursing positions that require additional training and licensing. Nurses can also seek management positions in health care. Positions require graduate level work in nursing or health services administration. Beyond nursing, opportunities exist as directors or vice presidents of health care organizations. Other career paths include marketing, health planning, and quality assurance