Graduate Nurse aspiring to be an OB (Labor & Delivery) Nurse - page 2
by mcchampe 18,029 Views | 17 Comments
I am a recent BSN graduate from Michigan (May 2010). I am aspiring to be a Labor & Delivery nurse. I have applied to many positions within MI, WI, TX, DE, & CA with zero luck. My main focus is finding an OB job in WI. This is my... Read More
- 1May 4, '10 by sarakrHello,
I have worked in labor and delivery for 10 years. It is a difficult specialty to get into and like others have stated, once there it is difficult to leave! I do love my work. I started in different areas before I came to L&D. Frequently, nurses take positions in other areas and then watch job postings. It is much easier to get into L&D as an internal candidate. L&D is also for specialized--no other unit runs quite like it. It would actually benefit you to spend some time in med-surg, ICU or ER--just to establish strong organizational skills and learn the work flows.As you job search continues, I would encourage you to seek facilities that have Magnet accreditation, strongly support their nurses through education and encourage certification in their specialty areas. Also look for facilities that haved shared governance, and encourage nurse participation in ethics committees. I congratulate you on completing your degree. Look for a facility worth your contributions!
- 0May 5, '10 by kloneQuote from DoGoodThenGoDepends on where you go. Large cities, it's not difficult to find an L&D job (as an experienced nurse) as there is always plenty of turnover. I just moved to Denver and was offered two jobs.Methinks it is very hard in most areas to get into L&D even for experienced nurses as turn over is very low.
Now, the smaller town in AZ I came from, different story. Obviously, all the new immigration garbage is really affecting our census, and they're definitely not hiring at the moment.
- 0May 5, '10 by rn4babies63Don't give up! I was hired directly out of nursing school into a high risk L&D unit 14 years ago. It was scary because I was a new nurse. I learned so much! The hospital I currently work at full-time hired 4 new grads onto our L&D unit about 3 years ago. However, the other hospital I work at wouldn't consider it! Keep looking! You may find the facility that is willing to train you as a new grad. The ones I work with are doing just fine!
- 0May 6, '10 by L&Dnurse13I work in a high risk labor & delivery unit in NC. I was hired as a new grad. We have a slightly higher turn over rate due to being a military town, but out unit hires new grads almost every year. Most work out well and only leave if hubby gets transfered. I had no interest in med surg and would of hated getting even 6 months experience. I was trained to do the job I do and love every minute of it, but it is not what I thought it was when I first applied. A lot of moms are really sick, you have two patients, one that you cannot visually see. There aren't always happy endings. Its not always easy. This was not where I thought I wanted to be. I figured I would work L&D for a year and transfer to NICU. After 6 months I realized I loved where I was. The whole reason I got my RN was to be a NICU nurse. Now I wouldn't even think of leaving. You may be surprised what area you fall in love with! Good luck!
- 0Oct 11, '10 by mcchampeI received my State of MI license in August and obtained my WI endorsement a few weeks ago. Back in April a home health agency contacted me and I had three interviews. They liked me and encouraged me to contact them when I got my WI RN License Endorsement. Despite the "almost job offer", I put off phoning them for a few weeks before I panicked and called them last week. I can serve food and beverages at $2.63/hour for so long. ;-) My interview was this morning and they offered me a job! I'm just waiting for my letter of acceptance which will indicate my salary, benefits, etc. Then I will have 2 weeks to accept or deny the offer. Although I am happy that I FINALLY got an interview and a job offer (I was getting ZERO interviews all summer. How frustrating ), I am hoping that a OB/NICU unit will want to interview w/in the next two weeks. I know, it's selfish...but it's my true passion.
Over the summer I earned my Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Provider certification to make myself a more qualified candidate, but this hasn't helped at all. I guess I will have to learn a lot in my first job and see where it will lead me in the future! I am not ruling out Midwifery yet, but I am excited to be in home health. It is my second favorite field of nursing.
Overall, this offer is bittersweet for me. It's not my dream job, but it's exciting that this agency wants to train me despite knowing my passion for OB nursing. Yeah, I told them that. LOL. I'm shocked they still want me there. If OB Nursing is the gold medal, then Home Health is the silver medal. It's pretty damn good, but I'm still aiming at winning big!
Thanks everyone for the feedback. I hope all is well with you