Obstetrics assistant - Salary and Career
Nursing technicians and assistants

Obstetrics assistant - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform technical nursing activities in public and private companies such as: hospitals, clinics and other medical care establishments, boats and homes, they work in surgery, therapy, childcare, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics, occupational health and other areas. They provide patient care, ensuring their comfort and well-being, administering medications and performing surgical instrumentation tasks, properly positioning the patient and the instruments. They organize the work environment and give continuity to the shifts. They work in accordance with good practices, standards and biosafety procedures. They carry out records and prepare technical reports. They perform activities and carry out actions to promote family health.

How much does an Obstetrics assistant earn

A Obstetrics assistant earns between $1.267 and $3.779 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.893 and a median salary of $1.672 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 56.368 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Obstetrics assistant

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.893 22.711 473 10
1º Quartile 1.267 15.201 317 7
Median Salary 1.672 20.060 418 9
3º Quartile 2.882 34.585 721 15
Higher Salary 3.779 45.349 945 20


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • nursing technicians and assistants

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Main workplaces

Nursing technicians and assistants they work in hospitals, clinics, social services, or even at home. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, or work on their own, providing temporary services in clinics or residences. They are organized as a team, working under the permanent supervision of a nurse or another member of the higher-level health team. They work in closed environments and with shifts, or confined in a vessel, in the case of the health assistant (maritime navigation). Exception made to professionals working in family health, who, according to a specific ordinance, work eight hours a day. It is common for them to work under pressure, leading to a stressful situation. In some activities, they may be exposed to biological contamination, toxic material and radiation.


What does it take to work in the field of Nursing technicians and assistants

Admission to technical occupations requires certification of skills or a technical course in nursing (middle level). For nursing assistants, basic education and professional qualification courses are required with a minimum of four hundred class hours, which can reach fifteen hundred. The possibility of continuing the qualification will depend on the completion of high school. Currently, there are technical courses in nursing, organized modularly, with intermediate outputs for the qualification of nursing assistants. The entry requirement for these courses is complete high school, with the philosophy of continuing education, which makes it possible for the assistant to reach the technical level, by completing new modules of professional training.


Functions and activities of Obstetrics assistant

Nursing technicians and assistants must:

  • work with biosafety and security;
  • work with biosafety and safety;
  • assist technical team in specific procedures;
  • communicate;
  • care for the patient;
  • working with biosafety and safety;
  • promote family health;
  • provide patient care;
  • administer prescription medication;
  • providing patient care;
  • care patient;
  • provide patient assistance;
  • perform surgical instrumentation;
  • administer prescribed medication;
  • perform admission procedures;
  • assist the technical team in specific procedures;
  • promoting family health;
  • promote mental health;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • working with biosafety and security;
  • organize work environment;
  • give continuity to shifts;

  • Activities

    • demonstrate ability to listen;
    • interpret skin tests;
    • contain sharps for disposal;
    • participate in case discussion;
    • place side rails on the bed;
    • stimulate patient to express feelings;
    • limit patient circulation space;
    • serving users in ubs, homes or community spaces;
    • prepare patient for medication;
    • recommend abstaining from decisions during mental breakdown;
    • control water balance;
    • vaccinate yourself;
    • report adverse drug effects to the physician;
    • position patient for surgery;
    • replace material in the operating room;
    • caring for the body after death;
    • give lectures;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • carry out disease prevention and curative actions;
    • perform tests and exams;
    • resolve pending issues (drugs, dressings, exams, referrals, fasting, among others) ;
    • help the patient to eat;
    • check sterilization result and validity;
    • demonstrate empathy;
    • to be responsible for all care provided to the enrolled population;
    • assist the team in invasive procedures;
    • check the sufficiency of equipment, surgical material and compresses;
    • make beds;
    • assist in patient resuscitation;
    • advise family and patient;
    • registering activities in information systems;
    • conduct patient to social activities;
    • tag patient belongings;
    • dismiss the sick or injured employee and crew from work;
    • identify groups, families and individuals exposed to risks;
    • supply the team's demands;
    • label medical prescription (bed, name and patient record);
    • record events and procedures performed;
    • check amount of psychotropic drugs;
    • control vital signs;
    • identify medication to be administered (bed, name and patient record);
    • apply enema (intestinal wash);
    • educate family about mental illness;
    • list patient's belongings;
    • check route of administration;
    • providing concurrent and terminal cleaning;
    • record medication administration;
    • promote comprehensive care;
    • exchange technical information;
    • seal the operating room;
    • define actions according to local priorities;
    • punch venous access;
    • sanitize patient;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • arrange clothes;
    • administer incompatible medications separately;
    • coordinating the care of users;
    • check patient and belongings (drugs, alcohol, etc.);
    • vaccinating yourself;
    • changing dressings;
    • ready the patient for examination and surgery;
    • updating registration information;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • protect bony prominences;
    • monitor serum and medication administration time;
    • prepare a patient report;
    • recommend disembarkation of sick and injured person;
    • organize medications and materials for patient and nursing use;
    • provide linen;
    • call doctor in case of complications;
    • perform an active search for local situations;
    • measure patient (weight, height);
    • arrange clothes;
    • inspect facilities and workers;
    • provide consumables;
    • check quantity of psychotropic drugs;
    • stimulate vesico-intestinal function;
    • pass instruments to the surgical team;
    • forward material for exams;
    • demonstrate understanding;
    • identify users' needs;
    • check the number of surgical compresses;
    • paramentar-se;
    • demonstrate persuasiveness;
    • stimulate patient expression;
    • forward material to the operating room;
    • mapping area of operation;
    • transporting clothes and materials for purge;
    • check received medications;
    • sterilize instruments;
    • participate in planning activities;
    • record complications and procedures performed;
    • mark type of hamper and garbage contamination;
    • remove the patient;
    • discard contaminated material;
    • encouraging community participation;
    • perform blood glucose tests;
    • introduce nasogastric and vesical catheter;
    • organizing health promotion groups;
    • participate in team evaluations;
    • demonstrate attention ability;
    • watch for temperature and patient reactions in transfusions;
    • monitor patient progress;
    • collect material for exams;
    • participate in public health campaigns;
    • remove patient;
    • make personal belongings available to patient (identity preservation);
    • preventing against adverse effects of the products;
    • mark type of contamination of hamper and garbage;
    • disinfect devices and materials;
    • change position in bed;
    • accompany patient in medication intake;
    • get vaccinated;
    • count the number of compresses, material and instruments before and after surgery;
    • control vaccine administration;
    • participate in the management of supplies;
    • demonstrate understanding;
    • massage patient;
    • inspect each patient;
    • check quantity of implant parts;
    • inspect validity of materials and medicines;
    • introduce yourself by placing the patient in the environment;
    • aspirate orotracheal and tracheostomy cannula;
    • notify diseases, injuries and situations of local importance;
    • inspect cardiopulmonary arrest cart (pcr);
    • record intercurrences and procedures performed;
    • administer chemotherapy products;
    • demarcate behavioral boundaries;
    • control periodic examinations of employees;
    • define territory of action;
    • administer incompatible medication separately;
    • care for the body after death;
    • proceed to inhalation therapy;
    • apply ice pack and wet and dry heat;
    • install blood products;
    • using personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • prevent suicide attempts and risk situations;
    • prepare prescription medication;
    • stimulate patient (active and passive movements);
    • activate security team;
    • request the presence of other professionals in the surgical center;
    • wearing;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • check quantity and functionality of material and equipment;
    • package sharps for disposal;
    • follow protocol in case of contamination or accident;
    • stimulate the patient to express feelings;
    • wash hands before and after each procedure;
    • calculate medication dosage;
    • position electric scalpel plate;
    • install induced power;
    • implement prescribed therapeutic activities;
    • protect patient during crises;
    • organize medications and materials for patient use and nursing station;
    • register intake;
    • offer bedpan and parrot;
    • write down surgery expenses;
    • contain patient in bed;
    • beware of adverse effects of products;
    • participate in continuing education activities;
    • demonstrate ability to provide humanized care;
    • identify partners and resources available in the community;


    Sectors that hire Obstetrics assistant the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • long stay institutions for the elderly
    • temporary labor lease
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • clinical laboratories
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations
    • health plans
    • other human health care activities
    • health management support activities




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