You definitely should apply to many different hospitals in the area. You should also look into applying on USAJOBS - The Federal Government's Official Jobs Site
The government job benefits are awesome! You can also look at the state jobs. The state jobs usually place you in prisons and mental hospitals though. I can't tell you about the best for L&D or mother/baby though. I hope you have started the process of getting a DC license. It can take about a month to get one. Most nurses in this area have 2 licenses. I have a MD license as well. It's great because MD is a compact state. So, I can use it in VA and Delaware and vice versa because they are compact states as well. DC wants their money though LOL! I would suggest getting both.
I love it here!! I live in MD. This is basically a tri-state area. That's why we refer to this area as the DMV (DC MD & VA). DC folks hate that though lol. No matter where you live in this area, you won't be far from something to do. The farther you get from DC, the cheaper it will be. When you move here, you will get use to "the commute". So, folks in this area are use to it taking an hour or more to get somewhere. When looking for a place to live, always check out the place on something like google maps to see what is close to you in that area. You also want to check the crime report in that area and if you can, drive by that area late at night. Right now, DC is going through some serious gentrification. Many of the areas in DC are crazy expensive! It's not worth it to me. PG County MD probably has the worst rep in the area behind Baltimore. There are some questionable areas in PG, but there are some very nice areas as well. I live in Laurel (PG County). It use to be the cheap place to live, but not so much now lol. I love it here because it's close to 95 and the BW Parkway. I'm halfway between DC and Baltimore. It use to be quiet and slow, but they have built so many houses and apts that it takes you 20 mins to go around the corner now! Ugh! LOL! Places as far out as Glen Burnie are considered cheaper, but they are really building up the area. So, I suspect that will also change. It's great if you can live around the corner from your job, but don't miss out on a great opportunity for a few extra miles. You have people that drive in from Richmond, Va and Philly to work in DC every day. So if you're thinking of living around WHC, expect to pay a pretty penny. The best thing to keep in mind is what you require to live and how close it needs to be. You also need to consider what area you are comfortable living in and how important it is that it's cost effective, but also safe. I'm close to the main highways. I'm close enough to the metro and the marc train. I have a Walmart and a Chipotle lol. My apt complex is quiet and safe. Life is good. If you love shopping, then you will love the DMV! You have any and everything your lil shopping heart desires. Everything from the Hermes boutique to the flea market, we got you covered here. Don't forget that you're close to NYC too!
There is always something to do here!!! I am a music lover and I could see a show every night if I wanted to and I'm talking about well known artists. You have all the sports you could want here if you're into that. Don't forget how close you'll be to Philly and NYC. It's nothing for me to jump in the car and hit Philly (about an hour and half drive) or NYC (about a 4 hr drive). You can also jump on the Bolt or Megabus if you don't want to drive and pay all those tolls. You can usually get a $30 or cheaper round trip ticket to NYC if you purchase them a few weeks in advance. Folks usually catch the morning bus and stay all day and catch the last bus back (usually leaves around 11p). Now that I have the EZ-Pass, I just drive up and come back when I feel like it. The bus is great and cheap, but I might not be ready to go back at 11p LOL! There are so many places to go and so much to do every day of the week. Being close to other big cities in other states is a definite plus, especially when you want a change of scenery. Popular places to hang out here are the national harbor, Georgetown, U St in DC, The harbor in Baltimore and so many other places. If you like gambling and the casino life, you have Maryland Live, Laurel racetrack, Pimlico races in Bmore, and the MGM Grand that's opening soon at the national harbor. There's some places in West Virginia too. You're also not far from Atlantic City. You have so many events and festivals too. There's something for everybody.
Traffic sucks! It's a pain whether you drive or take the metro. There are a few toll roads that supposedly offer a quicker commute. If you think that you'll be driving up north a lot or you have a toll road near you that makes the commute easier, then I suggest you look into getting an EZ-Pass. The traffic from Laurel to DC is horrible in the am and worse in the pm. You can usually get a break in the morning traffic on the weekend, but not so much for the pm traffic. Traffic just sucks here lol. That's why I said you'll get use to it taking an hour or more to get somewhere. Driving to Philly or NYC will be no big deal after you've lived here for a while.
Good luck with everything!