Obstetrics/Gynecology Nursing

Learn How to Become an OB/GYN Nurse

Obstetrics/Gynecology nurses, also known as OB/GYN nurses, care for women from puberty to menopause. 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 BSN
  • Pass the NCLEX and become an RN
  • Pass your inpatient obstetric nursing certification and become an RNC-OB

Annual Salary Range
$35,500 – 125,000

Typical Tasks

  • Assisting with annual check-ups
  • Helping with labor and delivery
  • Teaching patients about birth control options
  • Administering HPV vaccinations
  • Conducting mammograms and other screenings

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Community clinics


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

Education Requirements


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