Obstetrical Registered Nurse 

Reports:                   DON/House Supervisor

The Obstetrical Registered Nurse performs as a team leader within the obstetrical department to provide and delegate goal-directed nursing care for the patients by utilizing the nursing process from admission to discharge. The registered nurse is responsible for the care of the obstetrical, Med/Surg. And newborn patients within the scope of practice of their licensure. NALS certificate is recommended. The nurse can communicate clearly and concisely and has a good working rapport with patients, patients’ families, physicians, and peers. The registered nurse is flexible, calm in stressful situations, and capable of setting priorities when needed.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1.    Establishes patient's care needs and determines what care is needed to meet those needs based on nursing standards of care.


2.    Assesses and establishes an order of priority of the care given and delegates care to the appropriate personnel within their scope of practice and licensure.


3.    Cares for a variety of Med/Surg, Obstetrical, Postpartum, and Newborn patients.


4.    Cares for OB patients with highly acute needs: e.g., preterm labor, PIH, Pitocin infusion, diabetes, placental abruption, and epidural or intrathecal anesthesia.


5.    Assists physicians with the care of unstable newborns until the transport team arrives.


6.    Administers medication to all patients on the unit, (newborns to geriatric).


7.    Performs vaginal exams


8.    Interprets fetal monitor tracings and neonatal monitor readings and takes appropriate actions when indicated.


9.    Accompanies newborn, obstetrical, and post-partum patients on ambulance transfers when deemed necessary by House Supervisor or DON.


10.    Prepares OB patients for planned or emergency cesarean sections.


11.    Prepares birthing bed or delivery table and assists physicians with vaginal deliveries.


12.    Stabilizes high-risk OB patients using appropriate measures until the physician arrives.


13.    Works closely with the physician to keep him/her updated on the patient’s condition.


14.    Administers and monitors blood and blood products per hospital policy and procedure.


15.    Demonstrates a complete knowledge of the location, care, and operation of unit Equipment.


16.    Participates in patient and family teaching.


17.    Initiates or assists with emergency measures for s sudden adverse development in 


18.    Patients such as cardiac arrest.


19.    Assists in updating and revising the policy and procedure manuals, as necessary.


20.    Rotates shifts as required including weekends and holidays.


21.    Participates in all hospital-wide PI activities.


22.    Reports all abnormal lab and other diagnostic studies to the physician. 


23.    Supervises the economical utilization of supplies and ensures that equipment is maintained in a clean and safe manner during his/her tour of duty.


24.    Prepares and delivers verbal shift report when his/her tour of duty has ended.


25.    Updates skills by attending in-services and staff meetings.


26.    Maintains certification and licensure as required by the department of nursing.


27.    Uses CDC Infection Control procedures when caring for a patient as well as safe practices for their own personal safety.


28.    Floats to another unit on occasion to work within their scope of practice, if deemed necessary by House Supervisor and or DON.


29.    Must be able to give and administer care to patients from all groups across the life span, as well as be familiar with the treatments, procedures, and medications for all groups across the life span.


30.    Restocks medication and supplies in the department as needed. And checks for expired medications and supplies in the department.


31.    Maintains cleanliness of Medication Room and eating rooms


32.    Cleans and organizes storage areas.


33.    Stocks and keeps organize procedure rooms

34.    Any other Duties as assigned by the Administration or Director of Nursing.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Registered Nurse from an accredited school of nursing with a current license from the State of Mississippi. Current certification in Basic Life Support and recommended Advance Life Support and Pediatric Life Support. 


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.


Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, or controls; reach with hands and arms, and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities.