geekynurseRN 4,077 Views
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Registered Nurse; from
3 year(s) of experience
Labor & Delivery
I'm in Kansas City, you?
It took me 6 months to get my first nursing job and I worked in a prison for 6 months, moved to another state and got 9 months med/surg experience, moved to another state and got 7 months critical care experience. I start next week (my dream job) in L&D and I have no regrets. True I miss the friends I made along the way but I've always known I wanted to be a L&D nurse, it's just no one has given me the chance until now. Anyways I can understand how you feel having to precept people and then have them leave, but everyone must follow their own path.
Thanks! Any one have any tips for me? I start orientation in two weeks. Are there any good books or resources I should read? Thanks a lot!
Well I just got hired for a L&D position with no experience and the manager was really impressed that I went out there and joined AWHONN, got my NRP, and did my intro to FHM class.
I actually got offered a L&D position at another hospital and I accepted! I'm so excited! The manager was really impressed that I am a member or AWHONN and have my NRP, ACLS, and Intro to FHM class done.
I suggest getting your NRP and joining AWHONN, you can also take the beginning to FHM class by AWHONN. If you're trying to get into the hospital basic med/surg is great as well as critical care / ICU / and ER.
I think those things help because it shows you have initiative and are not waiting for your employer to provide those things for you.
I am a member of AWHONN (been for over 3 years) and have gone to two conventions. I also have my ACLS and NRP as well have taken the Introduction to FHM by AWHONN. I also had a interview today for a L&D position and I think it went very well! We'll see if I get offered that position as well.
I got my foot in the door of OB nursing finally!
It took me six months to get my first job out of nursing school when I was living in Colorado. So I started out working in a prison for 6 months, we then moved to Texas and I worked on a Med/Surg unit for 9 months. I now live in Missouri and have worked in critical care for 6 months and I just introduced myself to the Director of Women's Services.
I had an interview for a L&D position at the hospital I work at and I felt defeated because the manager wouldn't give me a chance and wanted me to have Mom&Baby experience first. I must have mad a good impression though because no more than a week or two later she reached out to me for a Mom & Baby full time night position. She told me the job was mine if I wanted it and I accepted, I start Feb 23!
You don't know how long I have been waiting for this moment, to be apart of this speciality! I've been a member of AWHONN for over 3 years now and attended two conferences, I have my ACLS, NRP, and even took the Beginning to FHM course from AWHONN. And....I even have a interview for a L&D position at a different hospital next week!
All I have to say is don't give up hope, and to work you ass off to get what you want!
Now I have to pull out all my old OB nursing resources I have collected over the years, does anyone have any recommendations on what to do to prepare for my new position? Thank you so much!
20 jobs? I applied to over 200 jobs in 6 months and ended up working in a Prison. Try harder...
My best friend's name is Candida. I like to remind here every once in awhile she was named after a vaginal yeast....lol.
Did you end up getting the job? You interviewed at the hospital you are working at? Did you current boss know you were interviewing for this position?
Sorry I ask so many questions, I'm going to be starting on Med/Surg soon and want to eventually move over to OB.
For NRP look at your local pediatric hospitals and get in contact with a person that runs the classes. I was going to take a NRP class before I moved at a Children's hospital.
Does your hospital not have a NICU? Maybe you could start with PICU or Mom & Baby at your current hospital instead of trying to switch hospitals.
I say give it some more time. Maybe if you still feel the same after a year look into transferring to a different department. I think it is pretty common for us new grads to second guess ourselves and question everything.
So I graduated in May 2011 and I didn't land my first job until Jan 2012 at a Prison. While I got to learn a lot of basic meds there by familiarity and was exposed to a lot of diabetics I didn't deal a lot with lab results. I also did not do a whole lot of skills except assessments.
So I will be working in Med-Surg and I get a 8 week internship/training before I'm on my own. Do you guys have any advice for me on what I should be brushing up on/reading?
Thanks a bunch!
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