Quote from LaceElaine
I'm still in pre-nursing with a ways to go yet. I'm wondering how difficult it is to get a L&D position? I'll be getting my BSN then I want to get my MSN in midwifery. The program I want to apply to requires at least a year's experience as an RN, preferably in L&D. I'm hearing so much about how hard it is to land any job as a new grad period. And it seems like every nursing student I meet thinks they're going to land a job in L&D. Any advice on how to get into L&D? I feel like I'm being unrealistic.
By the way, I live in Omaha, Nebraska. The nursing school I hope to attend (university of Nebraska medical center), tells us that there's a nursing shortage here in Nebraska. Whether that's true or not, I'm not sure.
I also always wanted L&D. I took a cruddy m/s unit job where I gained a great deal of experience FAST. Applied for a l&d 6 months after obtaining my license. Was hired because I could work that crappy unit with high patient ratios and high acuity. I DO NOT recommend new grads coming to L&D straight out of school though, go get some good m/s experience. It will greatly benefit you and your career. I promise you. Also for those wanting midwifery-that was me, until I worked in the unit. Many midwives now (in hospital settings) give very little bedside care. They work for docs in the office all day-run in when a patient is going to deliver, them run back to the office to catch up on missed appointments. If you love the birth process, you may want to consider finding a private birthing center or staying a bedside nurse. Many midwives take most of the call for the docs now also, so getting called in in the middle of the night is rough on families and lives.. Just some food for thought!