Obstetrics / Gynecology Nursing

Are you looking to become an obstetrics or gynecology nurse? Here is what you need to know.

Gynecology/obstetrics nurses, also known as OB/GYN nurses, care for women from puberty to menopause. They are specially trained to provide nursing care for women during pregnancy, labor and childbirth, as well as provide nursing care for women with health problems related to their reproductive system. OB/GYN nursing is a broad field, so nurses often further specialize in a specific area, such as perinatal nursing or labor and delivery nursing at hospitals and birthing centers or in gynecology nursing in a physician’s office. OB/GYN nurses provide care and support for women from the moment they start their first period all the way through menopause. They educate women on physical and sexual health, and discuss patients’ options for birth control, as well as preventative measures such as HPV vaccinations for the prevention of cervical cancer and mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • PASS YOUR IN PATIENT OBSTETRIC NURSING CERTIFICATION AND BECOME AN RNC-OB

Typical Tasks

  • Assist with annual check-ups
  • Help with labor and delivery
  • Teach patients about birth control options
  • Administer HPV vaccinations
  • Conduct mammograms and other screenings

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Community clinics

Certification

RN, Certified Gynecology / Obstetrics Nurse (RNC-OB)