New OB Nurses, Grads and Students, Please Feel Free to post your questions here: - page 32

Mugwump had a great idea offering services to new grads as a mentor (thank you for that!) So, I thought having a "sticky" for new grads, OB nurses, students, and others with questions who want... Read More

  1. by   babyrntobehopefully
    I am trying to find out what you have to do after graduating with and ASRN to work in the labor and delivery ward. Please any info would be helpfull thanks so much
  2. by   sunsky778
    I am a nursing student who is trying to get some information from other ob-gyn nurses. Can you give me some insight on what the lifestyle of a nurse in this field is like? For example time off, hours worked or shifts?

    Thanks in advance
    Jessica
  3. by   MIA-RN1
    Quote from sunsky778
    I am a nursing student who is trying to get some information from other ob-gyn nurses. Can you give me some insight on what the lifestyle of a nurse in this field is like? For example time off, hours worked or shifts?

    Thanks in advance
    Jessica
    Hi Jessica. Where I work is like many other hospitals in that we have three 'main' shifts--7a - 3:30p; 3p - 11:30p; and 11p - 7:30a. Then there are 'off shifts' like 7a - 7p and 11a- 11p. Plus call time, which is anywhere from 12 - 16 hours per month. We have nurses who are part time,(<20h/week) full time(>36h/week), and per diem. We have to work four weekend shifts in a 4 week period, and at least two of those must be back-to-back (meaning a Saturday and the next day Sunday).
    In my hospital, the nurses are all either postpartum or labor and delivery. Only a few have been cross-trained. Several nurses are in the special care nursery and some postpartum nurses have cross trained in there.
    Time off--we get four weeks of vacation a year, accessible after 6 months. I am not 100% sure about sick time.
    Hope this helps!
  4. by   aurya8
    Can a new grad start his/her career off with a reputable agency or should he/ she always start their nursing career working directly for a hospital? What are the pros/ cons of each?
  5. by   aurya8
    Quote from babyrntobehopefully
    I am trying to find out what you have to do after graduating with and ASRN to work in the labor and delivery ward. Please any info would be helpfull thanks so much
    Most hospitals require that you have at least 1 year of med/surg experience before taking on a specialty...
  6. by   MIA-RN1
    Quote from aurya8
    Can a new grad start his/her career off with a reputable agency or should he/ she always start their nursing career working directly for a hospital? What are the pros/ cons of each?
    I know that one person in my graduating class went to work for an agency but I don' t know how it worked out for her.
    I would worry about not getting enough orientation to nursing in general by working for an agency. If your assigments are short-term, you may complete the assignment but not be fully assimilated to being a nurse. Kind of like working per diem or part time at first, when you just don't do it enough to pick it all up, if that makes sense.
    I am sure it can be done but I wouldn't do it.
  7. by   Elisheva
    I'm a 52 year old nurse who has been out of nursing for 10 years. I had a preemie at age 26, peaking my interest in nursing. I became a certified childbirth educator and assisted in coaching several couples before becoming an RN.

    I have two years med-surg experience, but I want to return to nursing as an OB nurse. I'm an studying like crazy and plan to give myself a good 6-8 months to review.

    Here's my question: Do you think a 52 year old nurse who has been out of the game for a few years has a chance of being hired in LDR. Your honest feedback and any encouragement you can give would be most appreciated.
  8. by   hope3456
    What do you all think of 'baby friendly' hospitals, in which they push the mother to breastfeed? I recently delivered my baby in one....and yes, they were very outspoken with the whole 'breast is best' mentality. I am all for breastfeeding and am doing so myself, but it just seems somewhat politically incorrect....

    I even heard that the Bush administration is getting involved in trying to get more women to breastfeed. I am curious what l&d nurses think and what are your experiences.
  9. by   Franny2332
    What a novel idea! Keeep the "sticky!" Thank you for the welcome.

    I am returning to my calling of OB/GYN nursing after a ten year hiatus in which I finished rearing all four of my children. I am currently taking as many CEUs as I can and reading in L&D so I can be "up" and prepared on changes in the field. Academically, I am well-prepared.
    My question (and fear) is that I may have some difficulty getting employment in L&D because of the gap in my career. How should I prepare for the interview(s)?
    Franny2332
    Last edit by Franny2332 on Aug 20, '06
  10. by   Elisheva
    Hi, Franny. Your situation sounds a lot like mine (Post #410). I wish you all the luck. Keep my posted on how things go.

    E.
  11. by   MIA-RN1
    Quote from Elisheva
    I'm a 52 year old nurse who has been out of nursing for 10 years. I had a preemie at age 26, peaking my interest in nursing. I became a certified childbirth educator and assisted in coaching several couples before becoming an RN.

    I have two years med-surg experience, but I want to return to nursing as an OB nurse. I'm an studying like crazy and plan to give myself a good 6-8 months to review.

    Here's my question: Do you think a 52 year old nurse who has been out of the game for a few years has a chance of being hired in LDR. Your honest feedback and any encouragement you can give would be most appreciated.
    If they can hire me (a 37 year old new grad) they will certainly hire you! Go for it!
  12. by   hf82rn
    Quote from hope3456
    What do you all think of 'baby friendly' hospitals, in which they push the mother to breastfeed? I recently delivered my baby in one....and yes, they were very outspoken with the whole 'breast is best' mentality. I am all for breastfeeding and am doing so myself, but it just seems somewhat politically incorrect....

    I even heard that the Bush administration is getting involved in trying to get more women to breastfeed. I am curious what l&d nurses think and what are your experiences.
    I would consider my hospital "baby-friendly". We have certified lactation consultants staffed but we do not push a woman to breastfeed who chooses not to. We ask on admission if she plans to breastfeed or bottlefeed. To asses this, I'll initially ask the mother "have you ever considered breastfeeding?" or "what are your thoughts on breastfeeding?" This will usually instigate a reason from the mother as to why she doesn't choose to breastfeed. That way, if it's something along the lines of "I probably won't be able to" or "I didn't produce milk/couldn't do it with my first baby" I'll be able to work with that mother and give her all the facts on the issue. More often than not, women choose bottle because they're afraid they can't breastfeed. There are still so many old wive's tales running around about BFing.

    I think it's great that the Bush Administration is advocating for BFing! More women should. It will save our government millions to possibly billions of $$$ in healthcare costs and government assistance such as WIC.

    But, this is the country of choice, and I firmly believe that if a woman chooses not to BF, no matter what her reasons, she should not be pressured. I respect a person's autonomy and would never judge anyone because of this issue. I'll admit, it makes me sad when I see a teenage mother with multiple children with government assistance bottlefeeding, especially when baby already has problems. But that's life, and it's not perfect....
  13. by   circusgirl
    I was just hired for L&D and I start in 2 weeks. I am currently doing med/surg but haven't really liked it. I just recently graduated in March. I'm so nervous about L&D. I really loved my school rotation, but I just don't know what to expect in the "real world." I'm so anxious about this new adventure of mine. Any advice?

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