Is L&D or NICU experience better for CNM/WHNP?

  1. Hello!

    I am currently at Adelphi University, about to graduate with my BSN in December 2017 (so excited ). I am interested, long term, in becoming a CNM with a WHNP certificate; or, if I can find some kind of a dual program for the two. I had my OB clinical already and loved it, even though the unit was kind of slow (when I was there at least). I also really loved the NICU in a different hospital I was at for my Peds rotation.

    With all of that said, would I be better in L&D or the NICU if I want to pursue becoming a CNM/WHNP? Of course L&D is the best bet, but I figured there would be a benefit in being a NICU nurse considering CNMs do mother and baby care.

    Thank you for any responses! I am doing my Capstone in the fall and want to know which area I should consider.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Lady_Leijing
    I would think L&D would be your best bet for CNM, but see if you can take STABLE as well as NRP. Both are good if you have a baby that isn't doing well. While I love NICU, you wouldn't get the experience working with the moms like you would in L&D; a lot of NICU nurses I've met will tell you that they "don't take care of big people".
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Moved....
  5. by   LibraSunCNM
    L&D, hands down. Some midwives do newborn care, but not that many, and those that do only really care for well newborns. NICU experience will only expose you to sick babies.
  6. by   klone
    Quote from JennaSnow
    I am interested, long term, in becoming a CNM with a WHNP certificate; or, if I can find some kind of a dual program for the two. .
    What would be your reasoning/rationale for doing a dual program? If you want to catch babies, then getting the WHNP would be redundant, because a CNM can do everything a WHNP can do, plus.

    The only time I would recommend getting a WHNP is if you have no interest in working in the birth setting, but rather, are just interested in clinic - gyn and prenatal.

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