Registered Nurse Essay

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Being a Registered Nurse, in my opinion, has got to be one of the most challenging yet rewarding jobs out there. Nurses provide a selfless service of helping others when they need it most. Although most people would just see a nursing profession as working in a hospital or doctor's office, that is not the case. There are several options one has after obtaining a nursing degree. Hospitals offer a variety of departments for nurses to work in such as, emergency room, oncology, pediatrics, intensive care unit (ICU), newborn intensive care unit (NICU), labor and delivery, nursery, per diem, and many more. Physicians' offices such as Pediatricians and OB/GYN offices also staff registered nurses. There are also outside of the box options for nurses: postpartum doula, school nurse, and nurse educator. The options a nurse has in her career choice are endless, and there are a few that have struck my interest. It was not until I had children of my own that I decided a career in the nursing field was what I wanted to pursue. My own experiences in the hospital during labor and delivery is what opened my eyes, and a short time later I decided that I wanted to become a labor and delivery nurse. “Labor and delivery registered nurses provide care to women and their newborns during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and neonatal stages of this important life event. They evaluate each mother and baby and develop an individualized plan of care. L&D registered nurses collaborate with physicians and other health care providers to provide the best plan of care for each patient” (Davis, 2011). Having the ability to make a woman's labor and delivery go as smooth as possible, and to ensure that the experience may be remembered in a positive way is something that is particularly important to me. I will never forget the nurses who took care of me during my stay at the hospital for the

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