RNC-OBs spend their careers helping to safely deliver babies.
An RNC-OB is a registered nurse who is certified in inpatient obstetric care. Certification recognizes the applied and theoretical knowledge these nurses possess in the obstetric specialty. The National Certification Corporation (NCC) confers certification after a candidate successfully passes an exam. Working in labor and delivery, RNC-OD nurses practice in hospitals and clinics, earning an average of $61,000 annually as of October 2013, according to the Simply Hired website.
To be eligible for certification, a candidate must currently be a licensed registered nurse in the United States or Canada with two years of work experience in labor and delivery and at least 2,000 hours in the specialty. Additionally, the candidate must have worked in the obstetrics specialty sometime within the past two years.
Taking the Test
Candidates can take the exam
on a computer or using paper and pencil at either a professional education center or via the institutional certification plan program. The institutional certification plan program lets institutions have a group of their candidates tested at once, while professional education centers offer courses that culminate in testing. Since the different testing choices have their own policies and procedures, candidates should investigate all the options before applying to take the test.
After a candidate applies, NCC will send a test outline and resource suggestions. The examination is multiple choice and tests basic and applied knowledge. Almost 30 percent of the questions test labor and delivery knowledge. Another 40 percent of the test is divided among questions on obstetric complications and fetal assessment knowledge. The rest of the questions address maternal factors, postpartum, newborns and professional issues. Candidates have three hours to complete the exam.