hi, i hope this helps you, i am a 39yr old mother of two and married for 17yrs. i have been a ldrp/high risk ob nurse for 8yrs now and have recently passed my certification exam for high risk in patient ob.
how did you get this job? i took my first job as an ob nurse just out of nursing school. i was in a winter internship in the same unit just before i took my nclex.
what kind of training did you have? 7months with a preceptor then continuous questions and support
where did you go to school? i received my bs in biochemistry( i worked as a med tech)at westfield state college in 1992 then back to school for nursing at stcc (springfield technical comm. college) for my associates in nursing in 2002.
how long were you in school? 5yrs for my first degree(including medical technician), then 3yrs for associate
what kind of classes did you take? biology/chemistry/nursing theory
how did you get your foot in the door? internship in labor and delivery
is it easy to get a job in this field? no, nor would i recommend going into a specialty with out at least a year of med surg!
how long did it take you to get to where you are from your first job in the field? i have grown so much in this profession, i came from a small community hospital where i learned, and still keep with me, the basics of nursing and knowledge of ldrp to a large high risk unit that i continue to grow with everyday!
can you live comfortably on the pay? i have been at my current hospital for 3yrs and the pay and benefits are much better, of course, the more i make the more i buy! so, with that being said, yes as long as you live within your means!
is it possible to have a family and still have this job? absolutely! i went back to school when my kids were 3 and 5yrs old. they are now 13 and 16yrs old! i currently work 36hr days and have more time now than i ever did!!
do you enjoy doing what you do? i love my job, every aspect of it!
how long have you been in this field? 8yrs
what made you want to become an ob gyn nurse? when i was in school i was dreading my rotation in ob/gyn because i already had kids and i knew this was something i was not interested in. my third week into the rotation i couldn't wait to go back and my professor said that i had a gift and i should reconsider! i decide to apply for the internship in l&d that would eventually take me to where i am now.
again thankyou for your time.