L&D is my dream job... How do I get my foot in the door?

  1. Hello all!

    I'm a recent grad and have been working in the ER as my first job as a new nurse for over a year, but quickly realized it wasn't the type of nursing I wanted to do. I went into nursing wanting to do L&D, the content in my maternity class fascinated me, and of course I loved my clinical. I thought it would be great experience all around to work in the ER, but now that I've gotten a year of experience under my belt, I was wondering if there was anything out there I could do to give me an edge for applying to an L&D or postpartum position. I've considered looking into shadowing on the L&D floor at my hospital, but it doesn't seem like enough. Do you know of anything I can do to get my foot in the door of the OB world?

    Thank you!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   eatmysoxRN
    I'd talk to the manager of the unit and let him or her know you're interested if a position becomes available. Also keep an eye out on nearby hospitals. Good luck =)

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  4. by   alicia125
    Quote from eatmysoxRN
    I'd talk to the manager of the unit and let him or her know you're interested if a position becomes available. Also keep an eye out on nearby hospitals. Good luck =)

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
    That's exactly what I did! I worked in the ED for 10 months and started up a conversation in the hall with the Perinatal director, and when I seem an opening I emailed her. She told me to apply and she would get HR to set up and interview. And I was interviewed by 2 other managers and was hired...

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  5. by   Bama RN
    Make friends with the L&D nurses. We had an ED nurse that we all looooooved because she was so friendly and helpful any time she called up or we had to go down. When we had a slot, and she told us she was applying, we all went to the manager on her behalf as well! Good luck!
  6. by   RN_BSN09
    Quote from eatmysoxRN
    I'd talk to the manager of the unit and let him or her know you're interested if a position becomes available. Also keep an eye out on nearby hospitals. Good luck =)

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
    I agree with this post as well! I worked in telemetry for a year, then wanted to switch to OB. I saw a job posting online, and before submitting an application I went that day to speak with the manager.. introduce yourself, tell her you're interested and give her a face to remember the name when she opens up your application. Tell her you wanted to see the unit, and that your current manager knows you are looking for a new job. That same night I submitted my online application, and she called me within the week to set up an interview. GOOD LUCK!!
  7. by   itsnowornever
    You can switch jobs with me!

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  8. by   jkat276
    apply, watch for jobs like a hawk. Make connections with people working on those units. Get further training (breastfeeding counselor, doula training) that gives you an edge! Volunteer with Women's Health organizations/fundraisers/projects. It helps to show your interest and investment, that will give you an edge over other applicants.
  9. by   Mishl029
    Thank you so much everyone for all your help! I'm looking for jobs, and there may be an extended graduate internship not too far from me where I can get more intensive training in L&D and neonatal nursing. I appreciate it!

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