How did YOU become a L&D nurse? Can you tell me your story?

  1. Can anyone tell me the story of how you came to be a Labor and Delivery Nurse???? I am currently taking a CNA course and my goal is to eventually go to nursing school, and become a L&D nurse, ..... Do you have any advice for me? How did you manage going to nursing school, and family?? Thanks alot!!!
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    CNA; from US
    Specialty: CNA


  3. by   MichelleB34
    I just became an OB nurse last summer. I had floated to OB from time to time and had thought about making a switch to OB. I also was crosstrained to pediatrics. I knew if I switched that I wanted to stay on days. It used to be that a day job on OB was hard to come by because OB nurses almost never leave so it seemed. Then one day while looking at the job board I noticed that someone I knew that was going to retire was retiring sooner than I thought. I had a lot of hesitation in switching because of L&D but I felt that God was leading me in a new direction. Now I don't mind L&D too much. I like having one labor patient to take care of (I work at a small community hospital). You can give all your attention to that one person. Gaining experience has helped me to have more of a comfort level in L&D. But by no means am I done learning. I think having the background I have has been helpful to me in making the transition to OB. One of our older obgyn doctors said to me early on that he thought it would be an advantage to me that I know how to take care of sick people. However I am not suggesting that you have to follow the same path that I did. I went to college right out of high school. I give a lot of credit to those that have to work and go to school at the same time. Good luck to you.