Also known as a maternity nurse, postpartum travel nurses provide care to newborn babies and the mothers recovering from childbirth. The role of a postpartum nurse is a demanding one due to the constant attention needed that involves not only treatment but also patient education and safety.
The role of the postpartum nurse is to help care for the mother and monitor her newborn to ensure both are healthy. They educate a mother on how to care for herself and her infant once discharged from the hospital. This can include teaching new mothers how to breastfeed, burp and bathe their newborn.
You will perform assessments to ensure that mothers heal and recover properly after they give birth. This can include:
Additionally, postpartum nurses assist with all aspects of labor and delivery, including preparing the mother for birth, and assisting the midwife or doctor during this process.
Not only are you attending to the physical health of a new mother but also the emotional and mental. Being a postpartum nurse means possessing compassion, empathy, patience and understanding. Some mothers will need a lot of support as they transition into parenting. You will also be trained to monitor for any signs of postpartum depression in order to provide support and treatment.
How long a mother and her newborn stays in the postpartum unit depends on the type of delivery done and any complications that may have taken place – most go home within a few days. Although women can give birth at any time, day or night, postpartum nurses can choose to work any shift.
Registered nurses who are looking to work in a postpartum unit can earn an average salary of $65,000. Due to the continual population growth, jobs for postpartum nurses are expected to increase substantially over the next two decades.
The number of settings that a postpartum nurse can take an assignment includes:
While most postpartum nursing positions are found either in hospitals or birthing centers, some may include different responsibilities depending on the size of the healthcare facility. For example, postpartum nurses may also serve in a labor and delivery role in a smaller hospital facility, while others may work in an OB/GYN private practice or with a midwife. All postpartum nurses can collaborate with healthcare professionals in other labor and delivery specialties such as lactation specialists.
Postpartum nursing assignments and jobs require the correct educational background and skills set. This includes:
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