I finally did it!

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    I got my foot in the door of OB nursing finally!

    It took me six months to get my first job out of nursing school when I was living in Colorado. So I started out working in a prison for 6 months, we then moved to Texas and I worked on a Med/Surg unit for 9 months. I now live in Missouri and have worked in critical care for 6 months and I just introduced myself to the Director of Women's Services.

    I had an interview for a L&D position at the hospital I work at and I felt defeated because the manager wouldn't give me a chance and wanted me to have Mom&Baby experience first. I must have mad a good impression though because no more than a week or two later she reached out to me for a Mom & Baby full time night position. She told me the job was mine if I wanted it and I accepted, I start Feb 23!

    You don't know how long I have been waiting for this moment, to be apart of this speciality! I've been a member of AWHONN for over 3 years now and attended two conferences, I have my ACLS, NRP, and even took the Beginning to FHM course from AWHONN. And....I even have a interview for a L&D position at a different hospital next week!

    All I have to say is don't give up hope, and to work you ass off to get what you want!
    Now I have to pull out all my old OB nursing resources I have collected over the years, does anyone have any recommendations on what to do to prepare for my new position? Thank you so much!
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    Nice! Congrats!! I got my dream job in the mother/baby unit pretty fast, too. I worked really hard to get that job! It feels amazing. I have been looking at my old textbook and looking up notes online to refresh my memory.
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    Congrats! I'm almost a year on my current unit which is the requirement before requesting a transfer to the Women's hospital in our system. I'm interested in Mother/baby. The hospital favors hiring within the system so I have a good chance. How did you prepare for your interview despite lack of the specialty experience? You mentioned you are apart of AWOHNN. I was thinking of joining but noticed it didn't help you get your position or did it? Is joining something you recommend?

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    Congrats! I'm almost a year on my current unit which is the requirement before requesting a transfer to the Women's hospital in our system. I'm interested in Mother/baby. The hospital favors hiring within the system so I have a good chance. How did you prepare for your interview despite lack of the specialty experience? You mentioned you are apart of AWOHNN. I was thinking of joining but noticed it didn't help you get your position or did it? Is joining something you recommend?

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    Honestly, the interview was like other interviews I've had. You can't really talk about a specialty that you have no experience with. It's basically how you handle patients, co-workers, and just nursing overall.
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    I think those things help because it shows you have initiative and are not waiting for your employer to provide those things for you.

    I am a member of AWHONN (been for over 3 years) and have gone to two conventions. I also have my ACLS and NRP as well have taken the Introduction to FHM by AWHONN. I also had a interview today for a L&D position and I think it went very well! We'll see if I get offered that position as well.
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    Congrats! I finally made it out of orientation two weeks. I am so excited and loving every moment
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    I actually got offered a L&D position at another hospital and I accepted! I'm so excited! The manager was really impressed that I am a member or AWHONN and have my NRP, ACLS, and Intro to FHM class done.
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    I just wanted to say-CONGRATS!!
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    Thanks! Any one have any tips for me? I start orientation in two weeks. Are there any good books or resources I should read? Thanks a lot!
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    Congrats, that is so awesome!! I'm a mother-baby nurse at a busy hospital...Read up on topics like breastfeeding, preeclampsia, newborn jaundice/phototherapy... and familiarize yourself with postpartum and newborn assessments (for mom: feeling the fundus, checking bleeding, breastfeeding issues, s/s preeclampsia and hemorrhage; for baby: know normal vitals, jaundice, safety, how to swaddle heehee). Good luck!


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