How To Become a Fertility Nurse in 4 Steps: Salary And FAQs

By Ingrid Monteiro

Updated October 21, 2022 | Published April 20, 2021

Updated October 21, 2022

Published April 20, 2021

Ingrid Monteiro is a health care writer with a passion for advising on careers related to the health care industry. In her 15 years of experience in academia and in the health care industry, she has worked with some of the best researchers in top universities in the world and in Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies.

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Fertility nurses help many patients, including assisting with procedures to diagnose and treat issues related to fertility, conception, and reproduction. Working as a fertility nurse at a hospital or clinic can be a rewarding experience for many people in nursing. If you're interested in becoming a fertility nurse, learning how to improve your qualifications and meet the requirements for these positions can help you find more job opportunities.

In this article, we define the role of a fertility nurse, describe what they do, detail their salary and job outlook, explain how to become one and answer some common questions about this career.

What is a fertility nurse?

A fertility nurse is a registered nurse who specifically works with patients facing challenges with fertility, such as couples struggling with conception or women experiencing infertility. Reproductive nurses or in-vitro fertilization (IVF) nurses are other terms for fertility nurses.

They generally receive the same basic education and training as any other type of nurse because there isn't any specific type of basic education for them. A fertility nurse might possess an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN), and they become a registered nurse to work in the field.

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What does a fertility nurse do?

A fertility nurse helps patients who have fertility issues by educating them on their options, which might include fertility treatments or working with an egg or sperm donor. Fertility nurses usually work within a hospital or clinic, but they also may work at a fertility center, research lab, egg or sperm donor center or obstetrics and gynecology offices. A fertility nurse also might help women experiencing menopause by discussing symptoms and treatment options. Fertility nurses usually work to support a doctor or several medical specialists.

A fertility nurse might draw blood from patients for analysis, assist with an ultrasound, help with procedures a doctor performs, perform IVF procedures and contact patients about recent test results. Fertility nurses strive to remain knowledgeable on the latest advances in technology and medicine as they relate to fertility, which helps them counsel their patients about their options. Fertility often is an emotional issue for patients, so fertility nurses typically are understanding, empathetic and kind when interacting with patients.

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Salary and job outlook for fertility nurses

Although Indeed doesn't track specific data for fertility nurses, the national average salary for a registered nurse is $89,724 per year. Registered nurses may also be eligible for overtime pay, which can increase their earnings. Experience and location can also be a factor in the amount you can earn as a fertility nurse, along with any specializations or certifications you have.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) groups fertility nurses with registered nurses for its job data. According to the agency, registered nurses will experience a 6% increase in job opportunities from 2021 to 2031. This figure is slightly higher than the average for all occupations in that period.

For the most up-to-date salary information from Indeed, click on the link provided.

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How to become a fertility nurse

Here are the steps you can follow to become a fertility nurse:

1. Earn a degree

Like any other type of nurse, fertility nurses also typically earn a degree in nursing. Your options include receiving either an ADN, which takes two years to complete, or a BSN, which can take about four years.

Employers often prefer candidates who have a BSN because these nurses receive additional training, but you still can find employment with an ADN. If you earn an ADN and later decide to return to nursing school to obtain a BSN, there are programs that can help you complete your training in two years instead of repeating the first two years.

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2. Become a registered nurse

After you complete your degree, you may fulfill certain additional requirements to become and work as a registered nurse. Consider appearing for and passing the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) to receive your license to practice as a registered nurse.

Additional requirements to become a registered nurse can vary across states and depending on where you live, so consider researching the requirements in your city and state. These other requirements might include paying a fee to receive your license or completing a background check.

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3. Gain work experience

When you're ready to work as a registered nurse, consider gaining some work experience in nursing. While you may be able to find a position as a fertility nurse soon after you become a registered nurse, you gaining experience by working in similar other types of nursing positions can help prepare you better for the role.

A good option for those interested in fertility nursing is working as an OB-GYN nurse, which is a role similar to a fertility nurse because their patients often are pregnant women or those wanting to prevent pregnancy through health care interventions. An OB-GYN nurse learns many skills that apply to working as a fertility nurse.

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4. Consider certification

Possessing a certification isn't a requirement to work as a fertility nurse, but it can serve as an important credential for those seeking opportunities for professional growth. The primary certification that applies to fertility nurses is the Certified Reproductive Nurse certification, which covers skills relating to obstetrics, gynecology and neonatal nursing.

Earning this type of certification can give you an advantage over other nursing candidates. The Certified Reproductive Nurse certification can also provide you with career flexibility if you decide to work in similar other areas of reproductive nursing.

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FAQs about a fertility nurse career

Here are some common questions about working as a fertility nurse:

Are there professional organizations for fertility nurses?

There are a few professional organizations that may be useful for fertility nurses to join. The two primary organizations are the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health.

The former is for anyone in health care who works in reproductive health, the latter is for any nurse in reproductive health. These two organizations can help fertility nurses because they provide opportunities for professional growth, including networking and continuing education.

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Is fertility nursing an emotional job?

Working as a fertility nurse can be an emotional experience for many because a lot of the patients you encounter are struggling with fertility and other health issues. Patients may be emotional about the experience of exploring fertility options or managing health situations, such as menopause.

Fertility nurses may deliver unpleasant news to these patients, but you also commonly give them good news. A career as a fertility nurse can be rewarding, but it requires some awareness of the emotional impact on your patients and yourself.

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Do fertility nurses help deliver babies?

Fertility nurses rarely help deliver babies because they're often primarily involved in the processes before a woman becomes pregnant. A fertility nurse also may have experience in other areas of reproductive health or may be a member of organizations that relate to a variety of reproductive or gynecological issues. They're often knowledgeable about the processes and types of situations patients experience when giving birth.

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