Can you get hired into L&D right out of nursing school?

  1. Hi there!

    Will hospitals hire nurses into L&D just out of nursing school? Will it help that I will have been a birth doula for 6 years by the time I am done with school?

    I live in a "hospital city" that has two huge hospitals that always seem to be hiring (according to their websites) but I'm afraid that I will complete my degree and not be able to get a job in L&D. What do you think?

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  3. by   ManEnough
    I'm graduating this month and several of my classmates are going straight into L&D. With the current shortage most hospitals are accepting new grads in all areas. Good luck!
  4. by   Zhlake
    I was hired into L&D right out of school. I know some hospitals do not hire new grads for labor though.
  5. by   TinyNurse
    A girl I graduated with got hired right into LD right outta school her dad is a rad tech and told me so......... so yep yep!!!!
  6. by   dosamigos76
    I am in an ADN program and have just finished the first two semesters and graduated with my LPN and will return in the fall for my RN. I was just offered a job in L&D the other day. It is an RN position, but since I will be continuing my education, I qualify. HTH.

  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I did in 1997 2 months before I graduated.
  8. by   fergus51
    You can, but in Ontario, it is not as easy to get into as a new grad as some of the states.
  9. by   Kim44
    I'm in Ontario. At my local hospital you start in PP first, then get cross trained for L&D. Some nurses have had to work PP for over 5 years waiting for their turn on L&D.