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by James75 James75 (Member)

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Hello,

I’m currently an L&D nurse planning to attend midwifery school in the next few years. Luckily I will have plenty of L&D experience by the time I graduate (Hopefully also some postpartum and ideally an IBCLC). I should be able to work full time through most of the program then drop to per Diem towards the end as I do clinical.

However, it does concern me how few midwife positions I see advertised in my area (currently three I can find at the moment, two are per Diem and two require at least a year of full scope midwifery practice, leaving one potentially new grad friendly per Diem position, where experience is still preferred). I live in a large metropolitan area with several hospital systems and a thriving midwifery culture, both in and out of the hospital. Due to custody arrangements I’m not particularly geographically mobile, nor able to open my own practice.

Obviously I could still work as an RN after graduation, but also obviously I want to attend midwifery school in order to work as a midwife. 

Is it common to be hired out of clinical placements without a job being advertised? Did it take y’all a long time (>6 months) to find a job after graduation? Did you need to relocate? Anything you did before/during/after school they helped you get hired?

Thanks!

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Sorry I can't answer your question but I would like to follow any answers. Best of luck!

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LibraSunCNM has 10 years experience and works as a CNM.

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Yes, it's common to be hired out of clinicals with no job being advertised.  This happened to me and a few other classmates.  I was hired a month prior to graduation.  I tried to put my best foot forward at clinicals, got blessed to do my IP clinical with a preceptor I really clicked with and who spoke up for me and encouraged the director to hire me.  Didn't need to relocate, however this was in NYC, where a large variety of jobs is available.  Where are you located?

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