Hey guys! I finally graduated in Dec 2012 and am scheduled to take my NCLEX in 2 days! I can practically feel that license in my hand! Woohoo!
Next step: try to get a job I actually want! I know that being picky is not the best way to get a nursing job, but I'm not desperate to take whatever comes my way right now. I already have a great (non-nursing) job, and I'm not too keen to take a pay cut to go from a job I like to a job I hate (read: Med-Surg). So I'm ignoring all sane advice and seeking paths that lead only to L&D. OB was the whole reason I went to nursing school. It's everything I want and love about nursing. Now how the heck do I get in???
I did my senior preceptorship on an LDRP, but they don't hire new grads there. I'm spending obscene amounts of money getting certs: ACLS, AWHONN's EFM course, I'm working towards NRP, and I'm thinking about trying to get STABLE. I only have an ADN, but I'll be headed back to school part-time in the fall to work towards my BSN while I'm working. I'm willing to do pretty much anything to get into L&D, but I don't know where to go next. I was thinking about maybe trying to get certified as a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, or doula? Those seem pretty time and money intensive, does anyone know if these routes would pay off? Is there a specialty that is easier to get into that would provide a smoother transition into L&D?
I know L&D is one of the hardest specialties to break into, but it is my passion. I'm just looking for that extra something to make my name and application stand out from the 10,000 other new grad applicants so I can get into the hiring manager's office and show them my passion.