As an LPN (soon to be RN) and experienced mother of 12, I have always had a strong desire to work in maternity nursing. Our local hospital has several LPN positions posted for the OB dept, and I submitted applications for two of them several weeks ago, but haven't heard anything so far.
My question is, what can I do to make myself more marketable to this aspect of nursing? I recently acquired certification as a certified breastfeed counselor. My resume refers to personal experiences in various birthing settings and assisting new moms, as well as affiliation with organizations such as AWHONN and prepared childbirth/breastfeeding associations. I can wait until after I graduate to enter this new field of nursing, but when the time comes, I don't want to settle for something else when maternal nursing and women's health is where my heart lies.
Sep 12, '12
You might have to settle for something else. RN jobs are hard enough to get, specialty positions even harder. I suggest getting NRP, STABLE, and setting up a preceptorship. If you can't get an OB job, the become a certified doula while you do other nursing work and get yourself known when you attended births. After you are fully oriented in another department (probably med surg) tell your manager and the manager of the OB dept that you are interested in floating to OB when M/S is slow and OB is short staffed.