Labor and Delivery

  1. I am going into my first year as a nursing student. I am looking to specialize in Labor and Delivery. In looking in the employment advertisements alot of hospital want you to have the L&D Experiance. Is there some special classes that I should be taking to get into the department after graduaution or do I just need luck?
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  3. by   RITA2007
    Try to score a part-time job as a PCT in L&D and express your interest to work as an full-time RN after graduation. Sometimes they require you start in post-partum first, then transfer into L&D later.
  4. by   Daytonite
    hi, nursemommy81!

    something you need to know about advertisements for nurses in any of the papers. . .when you see those, the places are usually pretty desperate for nurses. most nurses who are in the profession don't even bother looking at those ads. the reason is because we know that we only have to walk into a hospital or pick up the phone and call the nurse recruiter at any hospital to find out what their job openings are.

    when you graduate from nursing school you will be in the position of looking for your first job. it's a once in a life occurrence. the nurse recruiters from hospitals know this. when you go looking for that first job, you just specify that you want to work in l&d. if a hospital is interested in taking on a new grad in that department and putting in the time to train you, they'll hire you. there are a lot of hospitals that do that. they don't advertise it in those papers. in fact, look through those papers again and you probably won't see any ads mentioning that new grads are welcome. however, trust me, they all take on plenty of new grads.

    to answer your specific question about there being special classes you should be taking to get into the ob department after the graduation, the answer is no. there are no such classes. what happens is you do as i mentioned above. or, in some cases, some hospitals will tell you that they would prefer that you have at least one year of experience working on a general medical unit first before they will consider taking you on an ob unit. the ob/l&d units give you all the on the job training you will need to work there. you have to finish nursing school and get your nursing license first though.
  5. by   luvmy3kids
    Quote from daytonite
    hi, nursemommy81!

    something you need to know about advertisements for nurses in any of the papers. . .when you see those, the places are usually pretty desperate for nurses. most nurses who are in the profession don't even bother looking at those ads. the reason is because we know that we only have to walk into a hospital or pick up the phone and call the nurse recruiter at any hospital to find out what their job openings are.

    when you graduate from nursing school you will be in the position of looking for your first job. it's a once in a life occurrence. the nurse recruiters from hospitals know this. when you go looking for that first job, you just specify that you want to work in l&d. if a hospital is interested in taking on a new grad in that department and putting in the time to train you, they'll hire you. there are a lot of hospitals that do that. they don't advertise it in those papers. in fact, look through those papers again and you probably won't see any ads mentioning that new grads are welcome. however, trust me, they all take on plenty of new grads.

    to answer your specific question about there being special classes you should be taking to get into the ob department after the graduation, the answer is no. there are no such classes. what happens is you do as i mentioned above. or, in some cases, some hospitals will tell you that they would prefer that you have at least one year of experience working on a general medical unit first before they will consider taking you on an ob unit. the ob/l&d units give you all the on the job training you will need to work there. you have to finish nursing school and get your nursing license first though.

    thank you for that awesome info! i am also very interested in l&d and have seen where they want "at least 1 yr ob exp" and i was always wondering how i would get that 1 yr if no one will hire me without it??!!??
    i've been volunteering on the pp floor now since april and i'm planning (fingers crossed) to continue throughout nursing school, in hopes that it helps me to get a job there. i just love the hospital i am at and would love to be an employee there (and maybe even continue to volunteer as well)....

    anyway... sorry to hi-jack.. i just wanted to thank you for clarifying!
  6. by   CocoSweet
    I have been on here for a while trying to get that answer. I appreciate the question and the answer. I am just about to start the nursing program in Jan. in hopes to become a L&D nurse, Wish me luck!

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