need info on hospital externships

  1. I am considering a career change to nursing and am trying to research all my options. I currently have two little ones, so my options are limited. I really want to work in L&D and go on to become a CNM. I have heard alot of people say that most L&D don't hire recent grads without experience. Does anyone know of hospitals out there that offer an externship/preceptorship in L&D to nursing students? If so do you know how these programs work? Also, do you know any hospitals that hire new grads into their L&D areas? I already have a bachelors degree in another health related feild and want to switch careers, so I don't want to waste alot of time getting to where I want to be.
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  3. by   Julie, RN
    I am about to graduate from a BSN program and several of my fellow students have been hired on in L&D, and Peds. I think it depends on if your area is experiencing a shortage or not? I also did a student nurse externship this past summer and floated throughout the hospital, subsequently I was placed on the L&D unit a few times.