Considering your interests and expectations, identify two career paths that suit your interests and abilities. Complete the chart and reflection questions based on your research of your chosen career paths.
Career Category: PRIMARY CARE
Option 2: Obstetrician
Career Category: DELIVERING BABIES
Job description (including daily responsibilities) Pediatric nurses work with children who may not understand why they are in a hospital or cannot communicate for themselves, and must be able to consult with parents and guardians for care, treatment and long term needs. As with all nurses, pediatric nurses work long hours on their feet. Obstetricians are medical doctors who specialize in caring for women during and after childbirth. Since many obstetricians also do work in gynecology, which is the general diagnosis and treatment of women's diseases and reproductive issues, they are commonly known as OB/GYNs.
Requirements for path (school, military, training, age, location, skills, etc.)
Registered nurses can must have one of the following: a bachelor's of science in nursing, an associate's degree in nursing, or have graduated from an accredited and approved nursing program. A licensure is required, and may be obtained from graduating an approved nursing program and passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Depending on the state, there may be other requirements. To begin a career in general nursing, students need to have a high school diploma or equivalent and complete an accredited training program in nursing to become a registered nurse (RN). Hospitals offer diploma programs. Additionally, 2-year associate degrees in nursing are available at community colleges and vocational/technical schools, and universities and colleges offer 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs. Completing one of these programs allow graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to become RNs. Graduates of a BSN program may experience better career opportunities and may proceed to graduate school to earn advance degrees.
Pediatric nurses earn $48,000 to $68,000 a year, although compensation depends on your level of education, experience, geographic location and the type of facility where you work. Experienced pediatric nurses can earn $100,000 a year or more. The national mean obstetrician salary is reported to be $217,000 per