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Does it require more years of school to be a labor and delivery nurse rather than just an RN?

How many years of school?

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Char’s Answer

Hi Alexis,
For the most part, every nursing program has these core courses (or some variation of it):
1. Fundamental nursing
2. Adult medical & surgical nursing
3. Mental health (or Psychiatrics)
4. Labor and Delivery (or Obstetrics)
5. Pediatrics
6. Critical/Intensive care

So no, it does not require more years to become a labor & delivery nurse versus just an RN. Whatever type of RN you want to be, the schooling is all the same - whether you're getting an Associates degree or Bachelors degree in nursing.
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Amanda’s Answer

Hi Alexis,
Labor and Delivery nurses are RNs. Some hospitals will require that you are an experienced RN-meaning that you have worked as a RN on another type of unit- and others will hire newly graduated RNs into Labor and Delivery. The orientation process for Labor and Delivery tends to be longer than something like a Medical/Surgical unit and the majority of your specialty specific knowledge you will learn on this orientation rather than additional schooling.
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Gwen’s Answer

No it doesn't require more years of school but it is a different specificity to choose when starting the school
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Ashley’s Answer

Hey! I have been working labor and delivery for almost 6 years now. I have my RN BSN. Some nurses on my unit only have there ADN, RN. As long as you are an RN you can work labor and delivery. LPN’s at least in my state cannot labor.
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