Hi, all. I've been frequenting this site for some time now, 1st time poster... I am 30 years old and a first year nursing student. (Took a few years off to enjoy my babies
.) I have been studying pregnancy and childbirth on my own for several years now and love it! I understand the argument that it is better to have med-surg experience before going into OB, and I'm willing to do that if need be, but what can I do right now to make myself more appealing to an L&D or OB/GYN nurse-manager when I graduate? I am trying to get into the L&D dept as a nurse intern at the hospital I currently work at but the chances are slim-to-none. Are there any professional organizations I should join ?AWHONN? Should I get certified in NRP or fetal monitoring ahead of time, or is that generally done after someone is hired? I thought about getting my doula certification, but my time is very limited already with being a wife, mom, student, employee
...Thanks in advance for all the advice.
Oct 8, '07
I aspired toward L&D during nursing school and did an independent study which included some clinical work in L&D. When I applied at a large urban medical center, I didn't apply for L&D... however I did tell all who interviewed me that it was my goal. In this hospital, GYN, Peds, NBN, NICU, and L&D were all part of a service (for Woman and Children) separate from other areas of the hospital... so they put me in GYN which had medical (especially GYN oncology and PID cases) and GYN surgical patients. I worked there less than a year then transferred to a peds unit, where I worked for a year and a half. Meanwhile, I got to know the L&D nurse manager and was given a transfer there. This L&D hired new grads also, but I was the one who always took on the high-risk patients which included diabetics, asthmatics, hypertensive patients, sickle cell, etc. It was a tertiary level center. I stayed on that unit for close to 5 years. So one idea is to get your foot in the door through one of these other units, while making your goals known.
After a while when I wanted to vary my experience, I worked on a med-surg unit and also in ICU, and other types of nursing later on. While I was working L&D, I applied for and was accepted into a CNM program, but shortly after my husband and I were expecting a child so I put it on the back burner. Years later, I no longer have an interest in becoming a CNM but have other goals now. But I know that L&D/ midwifery fever.. believe me. I think a lot of it got out of my system when I had a wonderful home birth... one of the pinnacles of my life in fact... and it was a VBAC.
Last edit by Miriam57RN on Oct 8, '07