- Oakland, CA
- Highland General Hospital
- Services As Needed / Per Diem - Varies
- Req #: 26561-17575
- Posted: May 19, 2020
SUMMARY: Under direction, provides antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care. Takes patients' medical histories and performs physical examinations of antepartal and postpartum women and refers to a physician whenever appropriate. Provides family-planning care, immediate care for the newborn and well woman gynecology. Collaborates with physicians and other health professionals in providing nurse-midwifery care. Provides related duties as required.
DUTIES & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.
1. Takes patients' medical, social obstetric history; provides prenatal care to patients in consultation with a physician; orders medications per obstetric nurse-wife protocols; documents in patients' medical records all care rendered; does chart review and follow-up care.
2. Performs physical examinations including heart and lung, fundal height, fetal heart rates and Leopold's maneuvers; performs vaginal exams, self-breast exams, clinical pelvimetry and general health status exams; determines presence or absence or abnormalities; consults and/or refers complications to a physician.
3. Writes admission orders; orders and/or performs approved laboratory examinations; supports patients during labor and teaches relaxation and breathing techniques as needed; encourages and teaches support persons to actively assist the laboring woman; independently manages and delivers low-risk patients; assumes co-management of high risk women when appropriate; delivers patients followed by a physician when attending in surgery; informs patient and their family of progress and involves them in any treatment, decision or plan; acts as a consultant to house staff and manages all patients in Labor and Delivery when attending MD is in surgery or attending other duties; manages complications and emergencies until physician arrives.
4. Determines status of labor; assesses, confirms and manages premature rupture of membranes; determines the need for amniotomy, IUPC insertion, fetal scalp electrode application, catherizationm IV fluid administration, episiotomy, medication, etc.; determines the need for the presence of attending physician and/or nurse anesthetist; initiates and manages IV oxytocin induction or stimulation of labor after consultation with attending physician; orders appropriate vital signs and fetal heart rate monitoring; assesses uterine contractions/bleeding; injects local anesthesia for episiotomy and repair as indicated; performs episiotomy as indicated; repairs episiotomy, 1st and 2nd degree lacerations, as indicated; examines placental membranes and cord vessels and reports abnormal findings.
5. Performs initial assessment of newborn status; assists in promoting establishment of airway and maintenance of body temperature; begins resuscitation efforts in the absence of physician.
6. Determines appropriateness of discharge; writes postpartum orders as indicated; manages postpartum care (physical/emotional assessment, educational assessment); assesses need for referrals (e.g. Breastfeeding Counselors); signs birth certificate.
7. Provides telephone consultation/referrals to any patient phoning Labor and Delivery with concerns or questions; participates in patient education programs and community education; counsels/completes consent forms for tubal ligations and HIV testing
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduate of Board approved program in Nurse-Midwifery or equivalency that is satisfactory to the Board of Registered Nursing. Education: Graduate of an accredited Nursing program required; Bachelor's degree in Nursing preferred. Minimum Experience: The equivalent of one year full-time recent nursing experience in an acute care hospital setting (experience in Labor and Delivery is required); OR demonstrated experience which would provide the knowledge and skill necessary for successful performance as a Nurse-Midwife. Preferred Licenses/Certifications: Possession of a current certificate as Nurse-Midwife issued by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Required Licenses/Certifications: APS Perinatal Safety Modules must be completed within 3 months of hire for positions in Labor and Delivery/Maternal Child Health. Required Licenses/Certifications: BLS - Basic Life Support Certification - issued by AHA-American Heart Association. Required Licenses/Certifications: Must apply for, be granted and maintain Allied Health Staff Privileges with AHS. Required Licenses/Certifications: Possession of a current Nurse-Midwife certificate issued by the Board of Registered Nursing of the State of California. Required Licenses/Certifications: Valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.