I am a student nurse in an accelerated BSN program, graduating in 6 weeks' time. My passion in nursing is Women's Health, namely L&D. I'm wondering if the OB nurses out there recommend joining AWHONN. Have you found it to be a helpful resource for information, evidence-based practice, and networking? And would you recommend joining as a student nurse?
Thanks in advance!
Jul 29, '11
I joined as a student and it helped when I interviewed for my job in post-partum. It definitely looks good on a resume if that is the area you want to work. Good luck!!
Aug 3, '11
Yes! I joined as a student and stayed involved after graduation while I was looking for a job. I actually got a couple job leads by attending events and talking with nurses who were already working. When I finally had an interview for an OB position it was great to be able to say that I had been going to AWHONN events and reading their journals/magazines, etc. I ended up getting the position and I think my preparedness helped a lot. It shows that you have a genuine interest and dedication to the specialty. In this economy, Nurse Managers are looking for candidates who will stick around long-term, so it's important to show that you have taken the time to learn about OB nursing beyond what you learn in nursing school.
Aug 5, '11
Yes it's worth it! And you can still get the student rate. The journals and my local chapter events make it totally worthwhile.
Aug 5, '11
Thanks all! I joined and the icing is that I paid at the student rate for the year membership. Now the biggest challenge is finding an L&D job as a new graduate, LOL.
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