New grad Midwife! Which job??!?

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by Ria21 Ria21 Member

Hello there my fellow birthworkers!

I just recently passed boards and officially a CNM!! I have been interviewing and have 2 offers so far! Just wondering if you can give any advice on what to look for in first Midwife job!

1. University hospital: Two 8hr clinic days, two 12 hr shifts on L&D, managing GYN consults from ED, triage, and the floor. Comanaging high risk deliveries with one physician as backup. Problem is they are short staffed, very eager to higher. Sensing high stress environment,  with no support. But may be great opportunity for various experiences.

2. Private practice/community hospital: Two 8hr clinic days, plus 36hr call shifts (can take call from home, one 24hr, one 12hr). Only manage patients from practice, physician backup from practice. OB hospitalist in house at all times as well. This group seems very supportive of new grad, laid back environment,  not high stress. Only problem is...it seems like lower volume than previous offer (about 60 deliveries/month) and 36hr call shift!! But I'd get support and patience as I blossom into a Midwife! Team seems great!

 

Thoughts on which I should put as priority? Experience in high stress environment? Or support for new grad, with long call shift?

What would you say would be most important as a new grad midwife?

 

LibraSunCNM, MSN

Specializes in OB. Has 10 years experience. 1,608 Posts

What are the salaries like?  Commute?  Any other perks?  Do you have to learn to first assist?  Will you have support specifically from a team of midwives at either job?  Or will you be the only midwife?  For job #2, the practice does 60 deliveries per month so 36 hours of call per week may not be too strenuous--I lean towards that one.  But either one could give you great experience.

Ria21

Ria21

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On 4/10/2022 at 10:32 PM, LibraSunCNM said:

What are the salaries like?  Commute?  Any other perks?  Do you have to learn to first assist?  Will you have support specifically from a team of midwives at either job?  Or will you be the only midwife?  For job #2, the practice does 60 deliveries per month so 36 hours of call per week may not be too strenuous--I lean towards that one.  But either one could give you great experience.

Thanks for your response!

The first job doesn't seem to offer much support as it seems pretty busy, kind of like a hospitalist cnm role (youre on your own, sink or swim). The second job has a couple of seasoned midwives that seem nice enough to take me under their wings.

 

First job: only perk is the schedule

Second job: perk is a supportive environment!

No first assist in either role. Salaries are comparable

LibraSunCNM, MSN

Specializes in OB. Has 10 years experience. 1,608 Posts

14 minutes ago, Ria21 said:

Thanks for your response!

The first job doesn't seem to offer much support as it seems pretty busy, kind of like a hospitalist cnm role (youre on your own, sink or swim). The second job has a couple of seasoned midwives that seem nice enough to take me under their wings.

 

First job: only perk is the schedule

Second job: perk is a supportive environment!

No first assist in either role. Salaries are comparable

Gotcha.  I still lean towards #2 then.  New grads don't need a sink or swim environment!  Good luck!

Ria21

Ria21

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9 hours ago, LibraSunCNM said:

Gotcha.  I still lean towards #2 then.  New grads don't need a sink or swim environment!  Good luck!

Okay yeah that makes sense!! Thanks so much for your advice!!