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Example Labor and Delivery Nurse Job Description


Elizabeth Archer

Finding qualified Labor and Delivery nurses in today’s market has become increasingly difficult. Oftentimes, your job description will be one of the first impressions that labor and delivery (L&D) nurses will get, and they make decisions on where they apply based on the information they see posted on the job description.

You’ll want to use our nurse job description template as a starting point for attracting the best nurses to your open jobs.

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About the Labor and Delivery Nurse Job Description

Each section of this sample job description for labor and delivery nurses is based off of countless hours of research, and analysis of what performs best on nurse job boards. Make sure to keep your job title concise and descriptive of the role. Do not use any jargon or internal language when posting your labor and delivery nurse job on job boards. You want to make sure that the nurse reading this understands what the job is, and all of the language in the job description.

A labor and delivery registered nurse assists women before, during and after childbirth. A good labor and delivery nurse will know how to assess, mitigate and manage complications during childbirth, as well as have good bedside manner, and a caring demeanor.

Below, you’ll find a best-in-class sample template for a labor and delivery nurse job description that will give you a headstart in posting your nurse job.

Feel free to copy the below sample L&D nurse job description but make sure to add information specific to your organization, the culture, perks/benefits, and double-check that the skills below match your exact requirements.

Labor and Delivery Nurse Job Description

Company Culture / About Your Healthcare Facility

Job Description / Why We’re Hiring

We’re looking for L&D nurses who are currently licensed and want to work with . Our ideal labor and delivery nurse will be quick-thinking, have experience in hospitals/facilities related to the job requirements, and come from an accredited nursing program. You should have a very calm and caring demeanor, as you will be assisting women through the birthing process.

Sample Labor and Delivery Nurse Skills and Expertise:

{Below is a list of several skills, duties and responsibilities of a Labor and Delivery Nurse. Remember to remove any that do not fit your specific role}:

  • Must be knowledgeable about the birthing process and able to help expecting mothers during childbirth and labor
  • Required to monitor the baby's heart rate and mother's health
  • Responsible for maintaining care standards in delivery room
  • Able to assess patients quickly, prioritize, and assist in minor procedures
  • Must be familiar with measurement of contractions before childbirth
  • Manage patient check-in process, performance of triage work for doctors, and assisting with initial insurance paperwork
  • Communicate with doctors and patients to keep everyone updated on test results and treatment recommendations
  • Collaborate with laboratory personnel and report lab findings back to doctors
  • Assist in the labor room with inducing child birth
  • Demonstration of sound decision-making in emergency scenarios based on patient conditions such as vital signs, patient presentation, and assessments.
  • Provide RN care for all patients, as well as handling of intubations, defibrillations, auto transfusions, Medlock insertions, splinting, and more.

Sample Labor and Delivery Nurse Responsibilities & Qualifications

  • Proven experience as a registered nurse (references required)
  • Muse be experienced in coaching women through childbirth process
  • Experience with labor surgeries, especially cesarean sections
  • Knowledge of nursing care methods, procedures, and emergency care
  • Expert knowledge of health and safety guidelines/procedures (sanitation, decontamination, etc.)
  • Excels at communicating with a team and has strong interpersonal skills
  • Responsible and compassionate with patients
  • Able to multitask with strong organizational skills
  • Calm under pressure with excellent problem-solving skills
  • BSc or another diploma from a nursing program
  • Valid nursing license

After you post your job to hire a labor and delivery nurse (RN) and start receiving applicants, you’ll want to make sure to carefully interview them to make sure they’re the best fit.

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