As long as women exist there will be a need for gynecologists, obstetricians and gynecology and obstetrics nurses. An interesting career is an obstetrics and gynecology nurse. Obstetrics and gynecology nurses follow the lead of a physician. They work with the female reproductive system. A gynecology and obstetrics nurse does many things ranging from delivering babies to treating deceases of the female reproductive system. In this paper you will learn about the history of gynecology, the steps it takes to pursue a career in gynecology, a brief description of a career in gynecology, and the job outlook of gynecologists.
Obstetrics and gynecology dated back to the 17th century and were known as midwives or birth attendants. They had no training in this area. Because of their lack of training, most mothers died giving birth. It wasn’t until the 20th century that there was a higher rate of women living after giving birth. Today, obstetrics and gynecology is practice in private businesses or in hospitals. More sterile and safe techniques were also developed in order to give the mother comfort.
In 1825, James Blundell, a British obstetrician performed the first successful blood transfusion. He conducted many surgical experiments that later opened doors to ovariotomy and the caesarean section. An ovariotomy is a surgical incision made to remove the ovary. The caesarean section which is commonly referred to as the c-section is an incision made through the mother’s lower abdomen to deliver a baby. It is thought that the first c-section was performed in 1881.
In order to become an obstetrics and gynecology nurse, you must obtain a degree in nursing. It is best to choose a school that offers OBGYN nursing, but you can also go to programs after getting your degree. There are many colleges that offer programs to become a gynecology nurse, but the one closest to me is in New Orleans, Louisiana. Loyola College has a two year program focusing on gynecology and obstetrics. After completing a program designed for gynecology and obstetrics you have to work in an OBGYN setting until you receive a certificate of gynecology. After training, it takes about four years to become a registered obstetrics and gynecology nurse.
Below an obstetrics and gynecology nurse is the nurse’s aide. A nurse’s aide doesn’t really work with the patients. On the job training is given to them. Because of their lack of knowledge they may only clean up after the doctor is done working with a patient.
In order to be an obstetrics and gynecology nurse you must have certain skills. OBGYN nurses must be understandable and nonjudgmental to every situation they come across. They also must know how to explain things to the patients if they are unaware of what the doctor is saying. Also, as an OBGYN nurse, it is important to have leadership skills. Making quick decisions may also be necessary.
On a day to day basis the duty of an OB GYN nurse may vary. The most common...