I'm new to this board, and I have a few questions. You all seem so helpful from what I have read so far. I am an ADN student, and I will graduate in December (about a month after my 41st birthday
) . I feel strongly drawn to L&D, but I also feel VERY nervous about it. We have had one OB class/clinical, but our only experiences were in postpartum and healthy newborn care, and even that provided pretty minimal experience. I know that new grads do get hired for OB in my area. My understanding is that they are hired for postpartum and newborn care, initially, and then train for L&D on the job. I intend to do my internship in L&D if possible. I'm wondering what on-the-job orientation for L&D is like. Is the new grad given adequate opportunity to observe/assist before being given a lot of responsibility. I don't want to sound like I'm afraid of responsibility, but I know that there is a LOT to know about L&D, and I really want to feel like I know what I'm doing before I'm on my own, so to speak.
I appreciate any insights I can get.