Labor and Delivery Travel Nursing

by NurseAngelina11 NurseAngelina11 Member Nurse

Specializes in High-risk OB, Labor & Delivery. Has 5 years experience.

After 7 years in nursing and 2 years in L&D, I have finally decided to pursue travel nursing in L&D. I have my ACLS, RNC-OB, BLS, NRP, and have taken AWHONN's Advanced Fetal Heart Monitoring class. My hospital delivers over 9000 babies per year, so I am experienced in L&D and high-risk antepartum.

My concern: As an L&D RN, I have no OR or PACU skills. I have never been trained to Circulate OR and it seems like most hospitals require L&D RNs to Circulate OR.

If you have experience with this specialty/situation, would you recommend: (a) getting another job at another facility to learn how to circulate OR or (b) learn how to circulate OR on a travel assignment?

Any insight on this situation is greatly appreciated! Thanks for reading.

Wolf at the Door, BSN

Specializes in ICU. Has 11 years experience. 1,045 Posts

Sounds like you are from a teaching facility. Those places are good for other specialties but, not so much L&D. Residents place fetal scalp electrodes etc.. Do you even do cervical checks? You really should work per diem at a hospital that allows you to circulate and other responsibilities.

See this thread.



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No, you do not need to circulate to travel. It increases your opportunities, especially at smaller hospitals, but given the huge demand supply imbalance for L&D, it will not stop you from full time travel and very good money currently for your specialty.



Specializes in High-risk OB, Labor & Delivery. Has 5 years experience. 94 Posts

I'm not at a teaching facility. We do cervical exams, place FSEs, IUPCs, Magnesium drips, Insulin drips, high-risk OB, etc. Since our OR and L&D are very busy all the time we have specialized OR and L&D staff for each area.

Thanks for your thoughts! I will take a look at the thread you recommended.

Edited by AngelNurse2b