I recently graduated from an ASN program and I want to start my career in OB. A couple of questions--
1) As an OB nurse, would you rather have a new grad or an experienced RN?
2) Do OB nurses tend to "eat their young"?
3) Would you recommend OB to a new grad?
I have 6 years experience in a large ICU as a Unit Secretary/PCT. I know it's not the same as being an RN, but I am used to chaos from the minute I walk in till the minute I walk out. Will this help me as a nurse in OB?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Jun 1, '02
First off, CONGRATS!!:hatparty:
Second, would I recommend OB nursing to a new grad? Hmmmmmm....................well, if that's what the new grad wants to do, that being you, SURE!
A lot of us here in the OB 'gang' started on OB as new grads and did just fine.
I don't think being a new grad necessarily has much to do with whether or not OB is a good fit. Personality, who precepts you, and where you work has much more to do with how you'll do in OB than how much nursing experience you have.
If it's what you want, GO FOR IT.
Whoops! forgot your other questions...
All kinds of nurses 'eat their young.' OB nurses are neither more nor less inclined to do so. Just check out the unit carefully before you accept a position.
As to whether I'd prefer an experienced RN or a new grad, well, that depends. If we're short staffed as hell and hurting for staff, I'm naturally going to want an experienced OB nurse as opposed to a new grad because the experienced one will be faster to orient. However, just because someone has experience doesn't make them good. New grads have enthusiasm and are eager to learn and can be a welcome breath of fresh air to the unit. We have an experienced RN and a new grad starting on my unit soon, and I look forward to them BOTH.
Last edit by shay on Jun 1, '02