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by James75 James75 (Member) 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 as a MSN and specializes in OB.

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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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MidwifeAPRN219 has 3 years experience as a MSN, RN, APRN, CNM and specializes in CNM.

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It can take a while to actually START your job, even if you get hired right away.  Something not talked about a lot (prior to starting midwifery school) is that CREDENTIALING can take a while--depending on the facility (some take 2-3+ months).  So while you may graduate, get a job, etc, it will still take a little to get credentialed.

For me, I did not get a job at my clinical site--but they weren't looking as they just got new providers as I was in the midst of clinical.

I did find a job shortly after graduating, but by the time I start, it will have been 7 months since graduation (part of that is because I am moving to a state that I have never held a license and it took a while for licensing to go through as well).

A lot of people will find a job as long as they are willing to move!

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LibraSunCNM has 10 years experience as a MSN and specializes in OB.

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41 minutes ago, MidwifeAPRN219 said:

CREDENTIALING can take a while--depending on the facility (some take 2-3+ months)

Or six months, like my first job---true story.  Agree with the previous poster that there are lots of jobs out there, you just might have to relocate if they're not in your area.

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