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Working As An Ob/Gyn

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Ob/Gyn Do

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Duties

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.

Registered nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer patients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly patients. Some registered nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.

Many possibilities for working with specific patient groups exist. The following list includes just a few examples:

Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances.

Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.

Critical care nurses work in intensive-care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.

Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment for patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.

Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.

Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.

Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Registered nurses may work to promote public health, by educating people on warning signs and symptoms of disease or managing chronic health conditions. They may also run health screenings, immunization clinics, blood drives, or other community outreach programs. Other nurses staff the health clinics in schools.

Some nurses do not work directly with patients, but they must still have an active registered nurse license. For example, they may work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, or as medical writers and editors.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are a type of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). They provide direct patient care in one of many nursing specialties, such as psychiatric-mental health or pediatrics. CNSs also provide indirect care, by working with other nurses and various other staff to improve the quality of care that patients receive. They often serve in leadership roles and may educate and advise other nursing staff. CNSs also may conduct research and may advocate for certain policies.

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How To Become An Ob/Gyn

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.

Education

In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.

Advancement

Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Ob/Gyn Demographics

Gender

Female

72.6%

Unknown

13.9%

Male

13.5%
Ethnicity

White

57.6%

Hispanic or Latino

18.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.2%

Hindi

5.1%

Russian

4.0%

French

2.5%

Urdu

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Korean

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Italian

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

German

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Mandarin

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Swedish

0.4%

Turkish

0.4%
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Ob/Gyn Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

Everest Institute

8.1%

Walden University

6.7%

King's College

5.6%

University of Cincinnati

5.4%

Saint Francis University

5.4%

Keiser University

5.4%

Nova Southeastern University

4.5%

Miami Dade College

4.2%

West Coast Ultrasound Institute

4.2%

The Academy

4.0%

LIU Brooklyn

4.0%

New York University

3.8%

Triton College

3.6%

Florida International University

3.6%

Pace University - New York

3.6%

Brown University

3.4%

Frontier Nursing University

3.4%

Drexel University

3.4%

Herzing University

3.4%
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Majors

Nursing

25.1%

Medical Assisting Services

16.6%

Medical Technician

14.3%

Physician Assistant

8.6%

Health Care Administration

6.9%

Business

6.3%

Medicine

4.1%

Biology

2.7%

Psychology

1.8%

Education

1.6%

Health Sciences And Services

1.6%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.5%

Clinical Psychology

1.4%

Public Health

1.3%

Management

1.2%

Nursing Assistants

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.0%

Family Practice Nursing

1.0%

Criminal Justice

0.9%

Accounting

0.9%
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Degrees

Other

26.1%

Bachelors

19.7%

Masters

18.6%

Associate

16.6%

Certificate

8.8%

Diploma

5.7%

Doctorate

3.8%

License

0.8%
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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$44,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
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$87,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$169,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Aurora Medical Group
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does an Ob/Gyn make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Ob/Gyn in the United States is $87,104 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $169,000.

Real Ob/Gyn Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Ob/Gyn Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Coffeyville, KS Jun 15, 2015 $300,000
MD-Ob/Gyn BMH, Inc. DBA Bingham Memorial Hospital Blackfoot, ID Aug 06, 2015 $262,000
MD-Ob/Gyn BMH, Inc. DBA Bingham Memorial Hospital Blackfoot, ID May 01, 2014 $262,000
Ob/Gyn Berkshire Ob/GYN Associates, PC Pittsfield, MA Aug 01, 2014 $225,000
Ob/Gyn Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Service In Gallup, NM Jul 01, 2012 $224,515
Ob/Gyn Reliant Medical Group, Inc. Westborough, MA Nov 04, 2015 $222,355 -
$392,650
Clinical Ob/Gyn/Md University of Illinois at Chicago Rockford, IL Dec 04, 2009 $215,000
Ob/Gyn Generalist Carilion Medical Center Roanoke, VA Sep 01, 2009 $210,000
Ob/Gyn Generalist Carilion Health System Roanoke, VA Sep 01, 2009 $210,000
Ob/Gyn Hospitalist St. Agnes Healthcare, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 07, 2016 $208,000
Ob/Gyn Reliant Medical Group, Inc. Westborough, MA Nov 04, 2012 $200,000 -
$250,000
Ob/Gyn Wyoming County Community Hospital Warsaw, NY Aug 01, 2011 $195,000
Provider Ob/Gyn Emory Medical Corporation Starke, FL Jul 26, 2013 $190,000 -
$290,000
Ob/Gyn-Laborist St. Luke's University Hospital Bethlehem, PA Jul 01, 2015 $180,588
Ob/Gyn-Laborist St. Luke's University Hospital Easton, PA Jul 01, 2015 $180,588
Ob/Gyn Laborist St. Luke's Physician Group, Inc. Easton, PA Jul 01, 2015 $180,588
Ob/Gyn Laborist St. Luke's Physician Group, Inc. Bethlehem, PA Jul 01, 2015 $180,588
Ob/Gyn Diaz Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Goodyear, AZ Dec 01, 2010 $180,000 -
$220,000
Ob/Gyn Access Community Health Network Chicago, IL Jul 01, 2014 $180,000
Provider-Whs-Ob/Gyn Hamilton Health Center, Inc. Harrisburg, PA Apr 02, 2012 $180,000
Ob/Gyn Resident Staten Island University Hospital New York, NY Jun 19, 2012 $73,479
Ob/Gyn Clinical Manager Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. Houston, TX Sep 20, 2012 $68,245
Ob/Gyn Clinical Manager Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2012 $68,245
Endoscopic Ob/Gyn Fellow St. Elizabeth Medical Center Utica, NY Jan 15, 2011 $66,909
Endoscopic Ob/Gyn Fellow CNY Advanced Gynecology, P.C. Little Falls, NY Jan 15, 2011 $66,909
Ob-Gyn Resident Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Jun 17, 2015 $63,191
Ob-Gyn Resident Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Jun 16, 2015 $63,191

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Top Skills for An Ob/Gyn

  1. Patient Care
  2. Internal Medicine
  3. Medical Records
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  • Coordinated patient assessments and diagnoses, prescribed/administered medications, scheduled outpatient/inpatient care; and developed discharge plans.
  • Perform medication administration within the scope of practice and document administration of medications and Procedures in Internal Medicine.
  • Filed medical records and enforced medical filing system to ensure medical records were organized.
  • Obtain prior-authorization for patients before surgery or medical appointments.
  • Perform obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound examinations in multiple OB/GYN offices on an as needed basis.

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