Quote from Denise81
I'm an ED nurse since 5 years and feel I need to do something different. A few weeks back I was able to get a sneak peak into the mom and baby unit in our hospital with connected L+D ( unfortunately only for 1 night shift). It was so interesting and a wonderful experience. Now I'm strongly considering making a change in my career. But everywhere I look for open positions they requiere 2-3 years of experience. Our hospital cooperation offers a 3 day maternity nursing and new born care didactic course which I was thinking about taking.
I would appreciate any input on that matter.
Thank you so much
I was hired into L&D 16 years ago as a new grad into a Level I trauma center. The hospital I currently work in has hired many new grads and just hired 3 new nurses that aren't new grads but are experienced in other areas. I know that our director is impressed by the applicants that show their interest to her. When there is an opening, go to her personallly with your application (even if you have to apply on-line). I know that we had someone that applied several times and the application never got to our director from HR. She never knew she applied! If you are able to take the course, I would do that, too. It certainly would be impressive that you have spent your spare time to express your interest in that area.
Granted, OB experienced nurses usually trump anyone else but not everyone wants to work L&D. That's why our 3 new nurses got hired with no experience.
However, alot depends on your particular hospital. My second job hospital WILL NOT hire anyone without experience in OB. Personally, I don't feel that their nurses are any better than the nurses we trained from the beginning.
Good Luck and be patient!!