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How to become L&D RN?

Hello everyone! I am almost 26 and I have finally decided on my career path. I want to be an RN..specifically, labor and delivery RN. How would I go about getting into L&D after school?


Specializes in NICU.

Honestly, I hate to say this but I feel like a lot of it will just be pure luck. Once you are able to get an interview...that's where the work on your part comes in. Try getting a nurse tech position on an L&D floor, that definitely couldn't hurt!

Double-Helix, BSN, RN

Has 9 years experience. Specializes in PICU, Sedation/Radiology, PACU.

Labor and delivery is a hard specialty to get into. Many people want to work there and many nurses work there for a long time. Jobs are scarce and most, if not all, will want experience.

My advice would be to do really well in nursing school, particularly in your OB clinical. Make friends with the clinical instructor and faculty instructor because you will probably need their recommendation and connections in the future. Working in OB or LD as a secretary, nursing tech, or even as a receptionist at an OB practice would be a good way to get your foot in the door. Also, do some shadowing on the LD unit while you are in school and make friends with the nurses and managers. Do your partnership or capstone in LD if possible or in OB at least. Apply for summer externships in LD as well. When it comes time to apply for jobs, make sure you have an excellent resume that highlights your LD experience and great recommendations from LD faculty and staff.

Keep an open mind. There are many, many areas of nursing and until you have experienced them it's hard to decide which you like and don't like. You might go into nursing school and find that you fall in love with a different specialty. I thought I wanted to do OB when I started nursing school, but once I had the clinical I decided there was not enough variety or technical skills for me and I ended up accepting a position in a Pediatric ICU. It doesn't get more technical than that!

I hope this was helpful to you. Good luck!


NurseLoveJoy88, ASN, RN

Has 6 years experience. Specializes in LTC.

I just want to say Good luck. I'm a firm believer that what ever is for you then its for you. Which mean nothing will get in the way of you not getting into LD if you don't let it. I too started nursing school hoping to get into LD and my hopes are still very high. At my CC two nursing students got the specialty they wanted right upon graduation. One got into NICU and the other LD with NO experience. Good luck and stay positive.


Has 20 years experience. Specializes in OB/GYN,PHN, Family Planning.

I worked part time through nursing school as a nurses aide on the maternity floor. The managers knew me and knew I was in a BSN program. They came to me and offered to train me in L&D during my internship semester. It was a win/win situation. I had a great internship and they didn't have to pay me a penny to train me to work in L&D. I accepted an evening shift position -never had to work nights

I am a new grad, and as long as the position is approved for budget purposes, I was offered the position for the L&D & high risk unit. I don't have any experience outside of clinical in L&D, but I do have a year experience as an LPN and a year as a CNA, both in long term care. They never even asked me about my clinical. I think that 10% was luck, 20% was an awesome recruitment system, and 70% was my interview performance. I initially interviewed at a cardiac peds unit, and was beat out by a 15yr nurse. I manager had also before that hired two new grads, so she needed the experienced nurse to balance the unit. But the manager gave me a glowing recommendation to the recruiter, who quickly scheduled me for a L&D interview when she found out that was my first choice (I was lucky there was an opening). I really prepared myself for the interview by researching behavioral interview questions. Make sure that when asked a question that you can come up with a situation that you personally experienced. It doesn't have to be a job related answer, but also based on classes and clinical. Think about your answers beforehand. Don't let the interview become awkward, if it gets quiet, ask a question. Don't ask any questions about pay, vacation, etc until you get an offer. Research the unit before hand. Having a lot of questions is really important. I originally had 25 questions, and just picked and choosed the most appropriate as the interview progressed. That way if one of your questions gets answered, you have a lot to fall back on. I also had separate questions made out for my peer interview. Sorry to go on and on, but I hope this helps! Good Luck!


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