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For anyone who went straight into Mother-Baby/L&D as a new grad, do you have any regrets?

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by lexxa25 lexxa25 (Member)

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Hi! I'm a new grad who's been offered 2 positions, one in Mother-Baby and one in an ICU. My goal throughout nursing school was to be a labor and delivery nurse one day but I've been debating getting experience first such as in critical care before pursuing it. Has anyone gone straight into L&D/Mother-Baby/OB after graduating, do you have any regrets about it?

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klone has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Director of OB Services.

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I did; no regrets. I was fortunate that I was able to move around to other areas of nursing within OB/women's health over the years (OB research, outpatient OB/Gyn clinic, women's community health), and now I'm back in inpatient OB/L&D/postpartum.

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I’m still a new grad (December) and still in orientation in OB, doing PP/Mother-baby, well baby nursery (includes transition period from birth to a couple hours after birth, newborn screens, and general nursery care), and special care nursery. I have zero regrets. I look forward to getting up at 445-500 even though I HATE mornings. I love every stressful minute of orientation even when I do something “wrong” and know I’ve disappointed myself and my preceptor. I can’t imagine working on any other unit and always pictured myself in OB. 

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Studnt4now has 5 years experience as a ASN and works as a Pediatric floor nurse.

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Absolutely No Regret.

After passing boards I was lucky enough to land a job on a unit that split PP and Peds. So I got 2 specialties at 1 job. 

We took low risk pregnancies and typical community hospital peds, so comorbidities weren't something I delt with. I'm sure on high risk units the adult med/surg background would be useful, but not absolutely necessary. 

I hope you work out the kinks and fall right into place....it's an amazing specialty. 

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