1. So I finally get it.
    I have been polling every nurse and professor since I started school - about what to do after I graduate.

    I have had midwifery in my view for my entire life. I had all homebirths, and precepted as a student homebirth midwife - but my kids were more important so I stopped all of that. Fast forward to all the kids school-aged, and now I am about to graduate.

    I have heard so many different opinions that my head just spins.
    There is the typical "Do a year of med surg," from ya know....every med surg nurse.
    Then from every single L&D nurse - they say "no, you don't need can go straight into L&D." The only nurse that told me otherwise was one nurse that began in L&D, and decided after 3 years that she didn't like it, and (QUIT her job first) tried looking for another job, and no one would hire her until she had a year of med surg.

    I am in my OB rotation. Had my first L&D clinical - and honestly, I can totally see why I have been told to do the year of med surg. It is just completely different. Two patients, and depending on the patient, there may or may not be a ton of assessing, and no pathos. So if I begin there, I may not be good at assessing and recognizing pathos? That is what I took away from the experience (although, I did love being there!).

    The thing is - I really don't like med surg.
    My long term goals are CNM, and I think eventually I will want a post masters FNP cert.
    My current professor told me with those goals she would recommend me doing a year of ER nursing, THEN a year of L&D - then CNM school.

    Anyone have an opinion? I mean...... I have asked everyone else in the world....
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  3. by   LibraSunCNM
    I did two years of med/surg, then three years of postpartum nursing. Never did L&D for a few different reasons. I didn't like med/surg either, but like you, I felt like it was necessary for me so I slogged through. Only you can make the right decision for you, although as I'm sure you realize, your decisions will be based on the jobs available in your area.