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Do I have to become a Nurse Practitioner to work in a private OB/GYN office?

I'm currently working on my pre-requisites to apply to the BSN program, but I'm wondering if I absolutely HAVE to be a Nurse Practitioner in order to work in an obstetrics and gynecology office? I don't want to work in a hospital setting and I know that I want OB/GYN to be my specialty. Can someone please help???

Asked By: morenadulce87 - 1/31/2008
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RNs educated through a BSN program are primarily prepared to work as a hospital nurse. Physicians and mid-level health care providers in Women's health care will sometimes have one or more RN on the office staff to assist primarily with patient phone calls, and in some cases help with patient education. It should be... More
Answered By: US_DR_JD - 1/31/2008
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You can be an OB-GYN nurse (RN) but to "practice GYN medicine to need to be an GYN NP. GYN NPs usually do not deliever babies however, nurse-midwives do that.
Answered By: Diane A - 1/31/2008
 
No. My OBGYN office hires LPN's, RN's as well as advance practice nurses and certified nurse midwives.
Answered By: vtmary22 - 1/31/2008
 
if you want to attend to your own patients as a practice you do but if you are working as a regular RN assisting the docs then no. you might want to see if there ae specific state laws about that but in my experience being pregannt ai have never heard of that. A majority of the nurses on a hospital L&D floor are RNs... More
Answered By: Daffy - 1/31/2008
 
No. Being an RN should work just fine. Good luck.
Answered By: sdn90036 - 1/31/2008
 
You can be a certified OB nurse without being a practitioner.
Answered By: MHnurseC - 1/31/2008
 
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