On the Job
Nurse Midwives care for women during the birth process. They diagnose and coordinate all aspects of birthing, either independently or as part of a team. Unlike other midwives, Nurse Midwives are trained in basic nursing before getting specialized training in midwifery.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
- Care for women during pregnancy and childbirth.
- Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
- Treat medical emergencies.
- Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
- Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
- Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
- Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Working with a group or team.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Being in situations in which conflicts arise.
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