Most hospitals don't have LVN positions in L&D d/t restrictions on LVN practices (vary by state). Some (especially large teaching hospitals) have no problem hiring new nurses right out of an ADN or BSN program; but be prepared for some let downs (it took me two years to get a job in L&D but I got good experience in cardiac care while I waited and I am comfortable w/my basics, like pt assessment, charting, medication administration, starting IV's, etc.). :hatparty:
Alot of CNM programs require atleast 1yr L&D experience (and more is always better) but all require atleast 1 full year of RN work.
CNM's have a MSN and at most schools full time study takes about 2yrs and 3yrs part time); there are also alot of different entry options and each school varies (so do alot research before you pick the route you want to go).
1) An RN w/BSN enrolls in MSN-midwife program.
2) An RN w/ADN enrolls in RN-BSN option the on to MSN.
3) An RN w/ADN enrolls in RN-MSN (highly selective but saves some time compared to the RN-BSN option).
4) Bridge programs for a MSN for people who have bachelor's degrees in a field other than nursing.
Hope this helps, let me know if I can help w/anything else.