RN to Midwife - page 2

by Claire_Fraser

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Hi there, I'm a newly graduated RN (baby nurse as i'm often called at the hospital that i work at), who has a passion for all things having to do with birth. I'm currently working on a med-surg floor that has a focus on... Read More


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    I am currently a CNM/FNP (we are called FNM) student at Emory in Atl. I had 7 years of RN L&D experience before I entered the program. However, the program I am in does not require you to have any L&D experience they only require you to have your BSN and they also offer a bridge program for that. I think the students who don't have any experience do have a harder time, but they are all very smart and they are doing it. I also think that it is great that you are getting some med-surg experience. I don't have that and I really think it is helpful for those that have it. Especially since I am doing the dual program. There are lots of great schools out there. You just need to do your research and call and talk to them. I spoke to the head of our program many times before I made my final decision. The thing that attracted me to Emory was the dual degree program in 5 semesters. I hate to think about 2 boards but I think it will be worth it. I am loving school and I can't say enough about my program and the great group of educators we have. If you have any more questions or if I can help your decision let me know! Good luck and follow your dreams!!!!
    Rachel
    Last edit by sirI on Oct 21, '06 : Reason: edit OP title after merged threads
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    I'm back. It's been a little over three years since my initial post. Life took me away from birthing, and into the realm of cardiac surgery. I'm currently working as an RN in a cardiac surgery intensive care unit. Pretty much as far from midwifery as one can get.

    I feel as though I'm ready to start following my dream of becoming a CNM again. Hoping to move to SF within the next year with a plan to enroll in UCSF's CNM-WHNP program within the next two years. Perhaps Frontier's program will be an option as well.

    So, hello again! I'm hoping to become a more active contributor to this forum.
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    Just to get this thread going again,I'll post my questions here too!

    I'm a little confused on some things.For some schools no L&D experience is needed? I graduated in may 09 and working in cardiac as no L&D jobs were available to me as a new grad. I've recently found Frontier's website extremely encouraging,especially the bridge program. Does anyone know if there is a time limit between completing the bridge program and starting the MSN? I was wondering if I could apply to the bridge program,hopefully obtain a position on L&D,gain some experience there and then start the MSN-CNM?

    Any Frontier bridge stundents out there? I would love to ask more questions! Thanks.
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    i didn't realize there was a 3 yr gap from when this was originally posted! how funny.
    i'm in a similar situation. I'm an RN, BSN with 5 years of experience (med/surg, tele, little ambulatory surgery) who wanted to go into L&D to see if midwivery was an option. I started working at a big hospital in NYC that was a complete baby factory, so busy. almost every mama got pitocin whether she needed it or not. natural/unmedicated birthing was not really encouraged since it was mandatory to have an IV and constant fetal monitoring in bed. For many reasons, mostly personal, i had to leave 8 weeks into orientation.

    So, I still have a dream of being a midwife but after that experience i'm not sure I want to work in a hospital's L&D unit. What's another way to work in the field? ob/gyn office? where I will be living in the next few months (Austin) has only 1 birthing center and they hire students but not RNs. I would love to enter Frontier in the next year or 2.
    Any advice/suggestions is greatly appreciated!!
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    Blueindigo-I wouldn't give up on L&D just yet. L&D in the NYC area (and perhaps other major metro areas) is a totally different ballgame than other parts of the country. I just moved back here after working L&D in a rural part of PA where we did mostly midwife deliveries, intermittent monitoring, no elective inductions or sections, few epidurals, etc. Where I work now is the complete opposite and makes me totally ill most of the time. L&D units in Austin might be happier places, so if you do a little research you could be pleasantly surprised and hopefully get more of the experience that you want.
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    Seeing some things on this thread about L&D units like the one you mentioned scare me too! But I would really like to get into it to see if I could really be a midwife. Then again I've wanted to do L&d since before I entered nursing school so I don't see why I wouldn't like it!
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    Quote from Barkow
    Blueindigo-I wouldn't give up on L&D just yet. L&D in the NYC area (and perhaps other major metro areas) is a totally different ballgame than other parts of the country. I just moved back here after working L&D in a rural part of PA where we did mostly midwife deliveries, intermittent monitoring, no elective inductions or sections, few epidurals, etc. Where I work now is the complete opposite and makes me totally ill most of the time. L&D units in Austin might be happier places, so if you do a little research you could be pleasantly surprised and hopefully get more of the experience that you want.

    You said you worked in rural PA. . .Is there any progress toward legalizing homebirth at this point?


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