How many went from new grad to L&D? - page 4

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I was emailing a exp'd L&D nurse. I was relaying my love of L&D. When I was in nursing school, my instructors (all of them) said go to med/surg for at least a year, and then specialize in what area you want. I put 2.5 mons... Read More


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    our hospital is a case in point. we are an LDRP unit, so people labor/deliver/recover and spend their postpartum course in one private suite. I like doing LDRP. Never boring.
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    Quote from klone
    Many hospitals do not have a separate postpartum position. It's all OB - L&D and postpartum care.

    I'm glad to hear so many nurses believe that some are just "called" to work in OB. I hope to go right into OB after graduation. Our hospital requires one year of OB experience, but I hope to gain that through the externship (cross my fingers that I get the OB externship position).
    That is true but they usually will allow you to spend a decent amounot of time (like a year or more) just getting comfortable on Mother/Baby and you can pick up a lot about L&D and the nursery while you are doing so.
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    When I graduated in 1998, I was lucky enough to work OB right out of school.....I knew that was what I wanted before I ever entered nursing school!
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    Many years ago in middle school, we had this thing where you didn't mention the name of the boy you liked for fear that your dream of dating him wouldn't come true. The same thing now when someone asks "where do you want to work when you graduate?". I always skirt around the words "L&D" because I don't want to get my hopes up only to get crushed by those who say "you HAVE to work Med/Surg first". I start my L&D clinicals this summer and the anticipation is killing me! I've been waiting 5 years for this and I hope I'm not going to be disappointed!
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    I went to L& D straight out of an ADN program worked midnights for 6 years. Loved but realized there was something else I was supposed to do. Went on to anesthesia school and doctoral work but still enjoy doing a delivery now and then!! You just never know where the road of life is going to lead
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    The L&D manager who hired me before I even graduated told me later that the only reason that she hired me was because of my enthusiasm. She knew that I knew absolutely nothing, but she realized that this was my calling. 3 years later, I am still thrilled to be here! Stick with it. Med Surg is definitely a help, but L&D can be done without it!

    Quote from Foxfour
    I was emailing a exp'd L&D nurse. I was relaying my love of L&D. When I was in nursing school, my instructors (all of them) said go to med/surg for at least a year, and then specialize in what area you want. I put 2.5 mons into med/surg., and I couldn't put one more day into it. I hate med/surg (I hated it during clinicals as well). Another thing that happened that scared me was a lot of nurses in other specilites would ask what area of nsg was I going into when I graduated, and I would say L&D. They all had nothing but negative comments as to why I shouldn't go into this area. In my head, I wrote it off as just an area that they didn't appreciate, but the one thought that I couldn't erase from my mind was the volume of nurses that was telling me this; however, I'm thick-headed, so I tried to get into L&D when I graduated, but no one would hire me due to lack of exp. I'm soon moving to WA where I'm going to try once again for L&D. My question is did any of you L&D nurses go into L&D right out of school. Also please tell me that L&D is as great a job as I think it is in my mind.


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