Babies, babies, babies, babies!
Helping bring a new life into this world, and mother through the ordeal. What is not to love!
Methinks it is very hard in most areas to get into L&D even for experienced nurses as turn over is very low. Most nurses I know in that area simply love their jobs, in fact think some would work for no pay! LOL*
On the other side of things, at least in New York, there is a huge liablity issue associated with L&D and anything to do with maternity for that matter. Long before Saint Vincent's Manhattan hospital closed it shut down their "lying in" hospital due to the huge cost of malpractice insurance
. Just several months ago Beth Israel did the same for pretty much the same reasons, IIRC.
There is little to no room for errors in L&D, one small mistake can cause serious harm to the mother and deform or injure an newborn infant. In NYS think the age cutoff limit is when the child/person is 18 years old to sue for damages related to birth, so you can imagine how that goes over with those running hospitals.
Being as all this may, never give up on your dream. Maybe send a nice letter to the charge nurse of the L&D unit where you did clincals letting her know you are interested. Or, try working "next door" in a OB/GYN or Peds floor and bide your time. However it may be hard to find a position if you give off a vibe that you are only cooling your jets on any other floor until a spot opens up in L&D.
Best of luck!