How do I get into OB nursing?

  1. Hello! I am currently an LPN working on a busy med-teaching floor. I just got my rn license about a week ago, and am really interested in working in OB-Labor/Delivery.... I am wondering HOW I go about getting in as an RN.... most places want you to have OB experience, but being a new RN, how do you get experience if they wont hire you? The LPN job at our hospital is no-where near being experience in my eyes... for the most part they are used as Nurse-Aides that have a little more experience...... my question I guess is... what are the steps I need to take in order for them to even consider me as an RN on their floor? I am a very fast learner, and even though I havent worked as an RN yet, I have over a year experience on a medical floor... and according to everyone I have talked to .. they all say " If you can work on a medical floor... you can pretty much work anywhere"... anyone have any pointers for me? I dont want to have to wait until I am close to retiring to be eligible... lol..... if you know what I mean......................
    Thanks in advance for any info you can give me......... I appreciate it
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  3. by   Euskadi1946
    Quote from happylush
    Hello! I am currently an LPN working on a busy med-teaching floor. I just got my rn license about a week ago, and am really interested in working in OB-Labor/Delivery.... I am wondering HOW I go about getting in as an RN.... most places want you to have OB experience, but being a new RN, how do you get experience if they wont hire you? The LPN job at our hospital is no-where near being experience in my eyes... for the most part they are used as Nurse-Aides that have a little more experience...... my question I guess is... what are the steps I need to take in order for them to even consider me as an RN on their floor? I am a very fast learner, and even though I havent worked as an RN yet, I have over a year experience on a medical floor... and according to everyone I have talked to .. they all say " If you can work on a medical floor... you can pretty much work anywhere"... anyone have any pointers for me? I dont want to have to wait until I am close to retiring to be eligible... lol..... if you know what I mean......................
    Thanks in advance for any info you can give me......... I appreciate it
    I worked post partum for almost two years and I loved it. The best part is that you have a good solid med/surg background. You don't mention what city or state you live in. Go to the hospitals in your area and check out the nursing jobs in post partum and apply for them. It would be to your advantage to take an NRP (Neo Natal Rescusitation) class and become certified although you can take that after you are hired. I wasn't experienced in post partum and they hired me. Just be persistent and really sell yourself to the OB Clinical manager. Good luck.
  4. by   happylush
    Quote from CeCiRN
    I worked post partum for almost two years and I loved it. The best part is that you have a good solid med/surg background. You don't mention what city or state you live in. Go to the hospitals in your area and check out the nursing jobs in post partum and apply for them. It would be to your advantage to take an NRP (Neo Natal Rescusitation) class and become certified although you can take that after you are hired. I wasn't experienced in post partum and they hired me. Just be persistent and really sell yourself to the OB Clinical manager. Good luck.
    I am in a little city, where there are no RN jobs available at all at this time... thinking of moving to Minneapolis, MN for more opportunity.............. at our work they want you to have ob experience first, but its kind of silly when they wont hire you and when being an LPN on a medical floor is better overall experience than the OB floor would be, its still not enough............. hmmmm I guess I really dont understand their reasoning... other than your working with mothers/babies....... which have different assessments, etc... but when you think about it, patients on medical floors have underlying problems a lot of the times and its up to the nurse to pick up on these things ..... great experience, but not enough........... I guess I am confused... lol

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