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Labor and Delivery Nurse / Women's Health Nurse


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A labor and delivery nurse works with mothers during the final stages of pregnancy helping with birthing, monitoring the mother’s vital signs, and becoming astute in signs and symptoms of possible complications. These nurses are involved in patient education and addressing the psychosocial needs of mothers after delivery.


RN preparation is required. 


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent assessment skills to assess progression of labor
  • Ability to provide support for the mother after childbirth and monitor the newborn immediately after birth


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Fast Facts for the L&D Nurse


Contains all the "survival tools" every new L&D nurse needs to gain confidence in the labor and delivery arenaThis succinct, easy-to-use orientation guide for nurses new to labor and delivery (L&D) is the only resource to deliver quick-access guidance in bulleted format regarding everyday procedures, requisite equipment, and how to capably handle emergency situations. The third edition is completely updated to reflect the newest evidence-based practices from ACOG and SMFM. It presents a new chapter on Aromatherapy, along with salient new information on breastfeeding, labor progression, amniotic fluid embolism, and prematurity. Detailed illustrations enhance understanding of both routine procedures and complications.New to the Third Edition:Updated to encompass the newest evidence-based guidelines from ACOG an SMFMIncludes a new chapter on AromatherapyNew information on breastfeeding, labor progression, amniotic fluid embolism, and prematurityNew illustrations on breech presen...

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Hale’s Medications & Mothers’ Milk 2023


The worldwide gold standard for lactation support professionalsDeveloped by world leaders in lactational pharmacology, this essential reference contains the most current, complete, and evidence-based information available on the transmission of maternal drugs into human milk. It thoroughly addresses one of the most commonly asked questions by breastfeeding mothers-which drugs are safe, and which are hazardous for the infant? The new twentieth edition adds 72 new drugs, updates 356 medications with new data, and adds new information to 927 drugs.The resource relies upon the most current evidence-based studies to evaluate the relative risk of commonly used drugs including Dr. Hale's highly renowned Lactation Risk Categories (LRC). Considered indispensable by hundreds of clinicians worldwide, the book lists safe alternatives for drugs one is currently taking or might need to take in the future. For ease of access to information, it includes key points and savvy tips in informati...

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CNM® and WHNP® Certification Review


Note to Readers: Publisher does not guarantee quality or access to any included digital components if book is purchased through a third-party seller.Includes 6 months' free ExamPrepConnect digital access with print purchase!CNM® and WHNP® Certification Review is designed to help you prepare for both the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) CNM®/CM® exam and the National Certification Corporation (NCC) WHNP-BC® exam. This comprehensive resource begins with test-taking strategies and tips on how to manage test anxiety. Chapters are organized according to the exam blueprints and present the information in a clear, concise format. Charts and diagrams are featured to consolidate and illustrate key points and key pharmacology information is highlighted. Each chapter encompasses all the essential knowledge required to pass both exams and includes end-of-chapter questions to assess knowledge retention. The review concludes with two full-length practice te...