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What are the key differences in the career of a neonatal nurse versus a labor and delivery nurse?

Updated Grafton, West Virginia

I head read some information about this from artic also but I really would like to hear from someone who is actually working in those professions so I can chose which I would like to go into. #neonatal nurse #medical #labor and delivery nurse #babies #delivery #nursing #healthcare #hospital-and-healthcare #neonatal-nurse

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Crystal’s Answer

As an experienced labor and delivery nurse who has worked in a multitude of facilities, the primary difference is the patient. As a L&D nurse, you are primarily responsible for taking care of the mother throughout the labor and delivery process. As a neonatal nurse, you are responsible for the care of the newborn at delivery and, if needed, in the NICU. In some facilities, the L&D nurse provides care or the mother during labor and delivery, as well as, care for the newborn at delivery and throughout recovery. This is usually only in the case of a term, healthy newborn. A neonatal nurse spends the majority of his/her time in the NICU providing care for those newborns who need care beyond the norm. As mentioned above, they may also be responsible for attending a delivery to provide initial care of the newborn during the recovery period.