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- by Jennie.K Jun 27, '12Hey 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.
- Jun 27, '12 by watersamyDepending 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 http://aap.peppsite.com/dlsp/NRP/NRP...?page=nrp&ad=0
- Jun 27, '12 by Jennie.KThank 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.
- Jun 28, '12 by rainkissedleavesI 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?
- Jun 28, '12 by Jennie.KFrom 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.