1) do i need or is it advisable to have labor and delivery 'training' (if there is such) before i go apply for work?
2) is it required to know ob or do i need to get certified on this before i get the job? if so, where can i get this?
3) volunteering perhaps so i can get the 'feel' of things??
4) what's the average starting pay for a new grad in ob anyway?
in my hospital, we have training classes for staff, but also offer them to out-lying hospitals or anyone who wants to take them. you can take classes on efm, management of labor & delivery, etc. to help get your foot in the door. the intructors are often floor nurses or educators and you can pick their brains for more ideas.
i would not suggest starting out as an ob tech, as you will be making less money and won't be using your nursing degree. imho, you would be better off taking a med/surg job for the general nursing experience while taking some classes or extra training until you can get into ob. good luck to you!
alison, rn l&d