LVN's in L&D ?

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    Hello Everyone ! I am going to school in May of 06' to be a LVN. My question is: Are LVN's generally used in L & D ? My goal is to eventually be a RN but for now I wouuld really like to work in that unit when I graduate. Any advice or tips would be great. Thanks- Sarah
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    Quote from sarahsmile
    Hello Everyone ! I am going to school in May of 06' to be a LVN. My question is: Are LVN's generally used in L & D ? My goal is to eventually be a RN but for now I wouuld really like to work in that unit when I graduate. Any advice or tips would be great. Thanks- Sarah
    Well, I will tell you it is hard....but it depends on your state...........
    I just got hired in L&D but I have been a nurse for 22 years....and KNOW it is a big deal to get hired on this unit B/c I don't have an RN yet...... all the best to you. Scarlett
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    Quote from nursescar
    Well, I will tell you it is hard....but it depends on your state...........
    I just got hired in L&D but I have been a nurse for 22 years....and KNOW it is a big deal to get hired on this unit B/c I don't have an RN yet...... all the best to you. Scarlett
    Scarlett,
    Thanks for the information. I called my local hospital in CA and there are LVN's in L&D. So we will see what happens when I graduate. Please keep me updated on how you like it in that unit as a LVN. The thing I'm not quite sure about is what role they play. Thanks again -Sarah
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    Quote from sarahsmile
    Scarlett,
    Thanks for the information. I called my local hospital in CA and there are LVN's in L&D. So we will see what happens when I graduate. Please keep me updated on how you like it in that unit as a LVN. The thing I'm not quite sure about is what role they play. Thanks again -Sarah
    I work Labor/delivery/postpartum. I get to do it all. I work in a small hospital though and that makes the difference. The big hospitals around here only hire RNs. I went to L&D as a GVN!! I Love it!
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    It's regional I suppose. Around here, I can't think of one hospital that hires LPNs into L and D, especially. A few may have them in mother-baby, however. But it's rare to find a hospital that hires LPNs into L/D.
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    Quote from herrera2
    I work Labor/delivery/postpartum. I get to do it all. I work in a small hospital though and that makes the difference. The big hospitals around here only hire RNs. I went to L&D as a GVN!! I Love it!
    Thanks so much for the info. I have been calling all the hospitals around my area, (So. Cal) and some hire LVN's in L & D and some do not. I'm still so new to this so I don't know what a GVN is ? It makes me so happy to know that you do get to play a big role in your unit. What state do you work in?
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    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    It's regional I suppose. Around here, I can't think of one hospital that hires LPNs into L and D, especially. A few may have them in mother-baby, however. But it's rare to find a hospital that hires LPNs into L/D.
    Hello and thanks for the reply. Does mother-baby mean all the care after delivery? Also what state do you work in? Also if it does become very hard for me to get a job in L& D is there another unit you could recommend? -Sarah
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    I work in WA State. Mother-baby means care of mothers/babies after birth, yes. Usually the bigger hospitals are the only ones where you will find LVN/LPN's working in OB and then, often, only in mother-baby, not directly in labor/delivery itself. In our state, scope of care for LPN's is a bit more limited, unfortunately, to make the use of LPN's in labor/delivery helpful. It does depend on state, what the LPN/LVN scope is. When I was in Oklahoma, we had a couple of LPN's on my unit. But they did not do actual labor/delivery as primary nurses; they worked with newborns and PP moms.

    Good luck; I hope you find your dream. Start checking w/the Human Resource departments in the hospitals around you to see if LPN's are used in L/D or PP/Mother-baby. Good luck to you.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 26, '05
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    Small rural hospital here . . no LVN's in L&D. They do work PP though.

    Why not go for your RN now? Just wondering?

    steph
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    Quote from sarahsmile
    Thanks so much for the info. I have been calling all the hospitals around my area, (So. Cal) and some hire LVN's in L & D and some do not. I'm still so new to this so I don't know what a GVN is ? It makes me so happy to know that you do get to play a big role in your unit. What state do you work in?
    GVN is graduated vocational nurse, before you go and take your nclex to become LVN. I work in texas. Every hospital is different so it pays to check around. I do get to labor the patient and do the delivery. The RN does the baby only in my hospital (right after the delivery that is). So we play a big part in the unit. :hatparty: Good luck on your search, labor and delivery is an awesome area to work!


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