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I am a soon to be RN and I am very interested in working in labor and delivery. I was wondering how you decided that was the right choice for you? Did you get experience on a medical/surgical floor first? Is it difficult to start working in a specialty right after graduation? What certifications did you need specific to working in labor and delivery?

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 14 years experience.

Hi there! I went into nursing school knowing that I really only wanted to work in OB/women's health. While in school, I also really enjoyed ICU and that was in the back of my mind as an option if I was not able to get a new grad position in OB. Luckily, I got an OB/L&D job right out of school, and I've only worked in some aspect of OB/women's health for my entire 11-year career as a nurse.

As a new nurse, you're not expected to have any certifications right off the bat, although they will have you take NRP soon after being hired. Once you have 2 years of L&D experience, you are eligible to take the inpatient OB certification, which is an important one to have.