Hi Ladies (and Gentlemen!)
I know this issue has been previously addressed but I was wondering if anyone had any new insight... I always planned on gaining L&D experience before applying to a CNM program. I graduated from an accelerated nursing program in 2009, and not being able to get hired into L&D, I have spent the last several years gaining the "med-surg experience". I had another baby in between and now that things have settled down more after the maternity leave I feel ready to look for another job in L&D. I've applied to so many for the last several months and am now feeling discouraged again. I've heard through the grapevine that my hospital won't hire one of their own without L&D experience, and other hospitals have given me the impression that they won't hire someone without L&D experience who isn't one of their own. I really wanted to work in L&D before grad school but I don't want to spend years and years trying to get in and then more years gaining the experience to finally apply.
Does anyone have any fresh perspective on this issue? I may just be seeing this through my discouraged lenses right now. I don't want to be impatient, but of course I am anxious finally get moving in the direction of my dream!