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Gynecology/Obstetrics Nurse

Gynecology/obstetrics nurses (OB/GYN nurses) specialize in the female reproductive system and work with women and girls from the point that they begin their menstrual cycle to menopause. OB/GYN nurses educate women on sexual health and work closely with pregnant women. Their responsibilities may include the following: performing examinations and screenings, such as breast exams and Pap smears; providing prenatal care; and educating women about birth control options and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Advanced practice OB/GYN nurses can prescribe medications such as birth control pills and have lab work done. OB/GYN nursing is closely associated with labor & delivery nursing and perinatal nursing.

Some OB/GYN nursing and nurse leadership positions require only an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing and state licensure as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed professional nurse (LPN). These nurses perform basic OB/GYN nursing duties, such as taking down medical and sexual histories, conducting physical assessments, diagnosing patients, providing health education and training new RNs. However, the OB/GYN nursing career that offers the most autonomy and a broader scope for treating patients will be that of the nurse practitioner, an advanced practice nursing career that requires a master’s degree. Those seeking careers in these fields can earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from accredited four-year universities, vocational schools, community colleges and online universities.

OB/GYN clinical nurses with 1-4 years of experience earn between $16.33 and $25.83 per hour, according to online compensation site Payscale.com. Those with 5-9 years of experience have a salary range between $23.14 and $29.67 per hour, and those with 10-19 years of experience earn between $22.51 and $32.64 per hour, according to Payscale.com. Those who choose to become nurse practitioners specializing in women’s health will have a much higher earning potential, however. Entry-level nurse practitioners earn between $60,000 and $72,000 and those with 20+ years of experience can earn as much as $84,600 a year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, will be the most in-demand out of all the nursing professions over the next 10 years.