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 respiratory illnesses (a lot of CF patients). I'm hoping to start working at one of the best women's hospitals in the country in a few months and would like some tips on how to eventually move into a career in midwifery. In Canada, you don't need to be a registered nurse in order to be a midwife. In fact, the university I graduated from has a Bachelor's in Midwifery program. I don't want to get a second Bachelor's degree, however.
So, any tips on how long I should work in Labour and Delivery before going back to school to become a midwife?
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!!!!
Last edit by sirI on Oct 21, '06
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