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.
Mar 28, '05
Quote from BETSRN
L&D is WONDERFUL!! I would be hard pressed to leave it. Do I think it is right for a new grad? No, I do not. It is a stressful, critical care area where you are taking care of two people, one you can see and talk to and one you cannot! I would go for a mother/baby position first to get your feet wet. Then move on up! Good luck!
"Move up"? Meaning what Betsy?
First off, Med-surg is an extremely critical care area itself these days----and a speciality too. So I don't consider OB a "step up" from med-surg rather, a lateral cross train. That connotation is unfair and unwarranted.
And still so many seem to want to tell new grads to start out there. Med-surg can eat a new grad alive just as any other area. And nursing overall is more litigious than ever. Being in med-surg first? I can't say it would help many of them in OB truly. It's apples and oranges to me...... We have had quite a few crosstrain from med-surg to OB and do no better really than the green grad did. The one thing they DID bring that I appreciated is a knowledge base of knowing when someone is "going south" at times. But OB is so different than med-surg that the two dont' even compare. I can't see med-surg as a "stepping stone" to OB. CCU/ICU? Yes, easily. OB? No.
Where I work, We have hired several new grads who have done terrific. I guess it depends on the orientation and attitude of the staff and manager alike. I just do not believe new grads must start in med-surg to go into "speciality" areas like OB. I am living proof and so are many others here.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Mar 28, '05