NEW GRAD: L&D, PP, or ANTE - page 2
I am a senior nursing student LOVING my OB clinicals and am really considering it as a career. I have asked my preceptor nurses about whether they thought it was better to start out in PP or Ante... Read More
Feb 12, '07LKB82...My situation is very similar to yours. I am also a relatively new nurse (17 months) and for eighteen years knew Labor and delivery was where I wanted to be. Right out of school went into a different specialty (orthopedics) and I was absolutely miserable After writing to this forum a number times for advice and with the wonderful encouragement of SmilingBlueEyes, I was hired as an L&D nurse ten months ago. I love my job and worked very, very hard and learning the ins and outs of L&D and to this day I still feel I have so much more to learn. I worry every day because the hospital I work at extremely busy (it's not unheard of to have 3-4 patients in various stages of labor) but I too have very supportive coworkers who have always been available to give a helping hand and are always asking "How are you doing?, Is everything alright?, Can we help you in some way?" I also had an extensive orientation period (six months) which really made a difference.
So in response to the original poster, it Is possible for a new grad to flourish in L&D!!! Good luck!!