L&D Question

  1. [FONT=Arial Narrow]Hi I will be starting my pre-req's for nursing in October...I am not sure, however, which Nursing path to follow as registration for the major will be in spring. My dream is to work in labor and delivery/postpartum/well-baby nursery...one of those, most desirable being L&D.
    [FONT=Arial Narrow]My question is:
    [FONT=Arial Narrow]Are LVN's able to work L&D and if so, to what extent?
    [FONT=Arial Narrow]I know RN's are and are able to perform all functions and duties but I heard LVN's are limited in what they can do. I've have also heard LVN's arent even allowed to work that floor, period. Is this true and if so, how much?
    [FONT=Arial Narrow]I want to be able to work close with laboring moms and with new babies.
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    [FONT=Arial Narrow]Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated...Thank You!!
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    [FONT=Arial Narrow]Janel
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  3. by   jenrninmi
    Hi there. It will depend on the hospital.
  4. by   Yannie021
    really? wow I thought there was a set standard of care for each designation. I was told RN's are allowed this-this-this scope of practice where LVN's are limited to this-this...know what I mean?
  5. by   Gompers
    Quote from Yannie021
    really? wow I thought there was a set standard of care for each designation. I was told RN's are allowed this-this-this scope of practice where LVN's are limited to this-this...know what I mean?
    Each state and each hospital will have differnet guidelines on the scope of practice for RNs and LVNs/LPNs. But if your goal is to work L&D, it's much safer to go for the RN right off the bat if you can. Finding an LVN/LPN job in obstetrics is getting harder and harder these days. Good luck!
  6. by   Yannie021
    Thank you. I'm in Southern California...
    I was thinking of the RN also. I've got a few months to consider but wanted to make sure everything was in order...
    Thanks
    But if anyone has any more info/advice please....let me know
  7. by   TheCommuter
    Many RNs have problems finding positions in L&D since virtually everyone wants to work in L&D. Jobs in OB, L&D, and postpartum are extremely competetive. If these positions are at a premium for RNs, it will be 100 times harder for an LVN to land a position in L&D.

    Therefore, earning an RN license is prudent if your ultimate goal is to work in L&D.

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