It's only six years... right? :/

  1. Hey everyone,

    I am currently working on my BSN and I plan to start my DNP to become a Nurse Midwife after I get a few years experience in L&D and get my student loans paid down.

    My question is, what can I do now to help me get a position in L&D? I still have a few years before I graduate and I would like to use this time to beef up my resume. I am going to start volunteering at a local hospital once school starts and I have child care again.

    I would really appreciate any information/tips.
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  3. by   watersamy
    Depending on how far along you are with nursing school, It wouldn't hurt to be certified in both PALS (pediatric advanced life support) and NRP (neonatal resuscitation program). Where I am the local hospitals actually put it in their job description for an RN in L/D that NRP certification is either required or desired. The ACLS class is probably a couple of hundred dollars, although the NRP class will run about a $80, some places include the books, some don't. Check with your local hospitals. Some hospitals offer certification classes at reduced prices. This is also a great site to check for NRP classes
  4. by   Jennie.K
    Thank you so much for the reply! I still have three years before I graduate. Hopefully I will be able to get a tech position next summer on a L&D floor.
  5. by   rainkissedleaves
    I have a general question about np vs DNP. I understand what the abbreviations stand for but I am not certain about how the job description differs. That's if it does..
    What are the opportunities for a DNP and to what higher level of work can DNPs do in a clinical setting compared to a NP?

  6. by   Jennie.K
    From everything I have read online, you will have a better chance of getting a job with the DNP since the NP is a master's degree. There are schools that offer BSN - DNP programs, at least Baylor does. They have a BSN to DNP Nurse-Midwife program that I am hoping to get into once I have some experience as an RN. They require 1-2 years RN experience. I your GPA is above 3.5 they will wave the GRE requirement. It is also three years long with one summer semester.