I am actually posting this thread for my wife. She graduated from nursing school in 2003 and went straight to Med/Surg, where I feel like she developed a lot of excellent nursing skills. She has always had a tremendous desire to work on L & D, and was told that once she had worked on Med/Surg for a couple of months she would be able to transfer over to the L & D floor. Well she stayed on Med/Surg for 2 years before she finally quit because she never received an opportunity to transfer. She then attempted to hire on at various other hospitals: UTMB Galveston, Clear Lake Regional, Mainland Medical, etc., (We live very close to Galveston, TX) as a L & D nurse and has not been succesful in the least. They all would be happy to hire her on as a Med/Surg nurse but not as a L & D nurse. She has become so depressed because of their lack of interest in her. One of the interviewers said that every where she goes they are going to try and push her onto a Med/Surg floor since that is where she already has experience. She has worked as a Hospice nurse for the past year since she we moved in 2005 which has provided her with opportunites to develop her patient management skills. She is the case manager for all of her patients and basically takes the responsibilty of these patients entirely on her own. I am just so surprised at how difficult it has been for her to get into a L & D position.
I was wondering if anybody else is having or had, a difficult time getting a L & D position, and what steps she should take. I am an eternal optimist and love my wife dearly which is why it hurts me so much to see her so frustrated and depressed. She really is not enjoying her job at all and I feel like no one should have to put up with being miserable. This has been a 2 1/2 year ordeal that finally reached a boiling point today when she was turned down for another position at Clear Lake Regional Hospital. Please help me come up with a way to help my wife
Dec 12, '06
OB can be really tough to get into in many hospitals. I always recommend that nurses wanting to break into OB try a few things:
Let every and anyone they know they want to work in OB---especially nurse managers and nurses who already work there.
Find a hospital that offers OB internships or residency programs---- these are designed for new graduates or nurses wanting to laterally-transfer from other specialties to OB. You will mainly find these in larger hospitals or teaching institutions.
Continue to apply for every OB opening that exists, whether it be fulltime, parttime or per diem. Ask the managers and/or HR departments about future openings or those that may not be posted.
Get a job with the hospital float pool and request you float to OB if possible---this will get a foot in the door, as well, in many places.
Gain NRP (neonatal resuscitation program) credentialing ASAP. This will also show managers how serious a person is about working in OB.
Cast a wide net, if possible. If one hospital is not working out, try several, if possible.
Keep networking as much as possible. This is how many people get jobs of all sorts, and OB is no different.
I wish her good luck. Her med-surg background is an excellent start. We have hired many fine med-surg nurses into our OB department and they tend to do well. Tell her NEVER give up and keep trying.
Welcome to our forum!
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Dec 12, '06
Dec 12, '06
Thanks for the quick response. Do you think it would be better for her to try and hire on at a Med/Surg position and transfer to OB? She got screwed last time she tried to do that and she is very wary of doing that again.
How long will it take her to get her NRP cred.? She is busting it right now in an ADN to BSN program, and would like to become NRP certified but she does not want to take away a lot from school.
I just want her to be happy, and I hope and pray that she can find a job that she enjoys. She really got screwed over by the first hospital she worked at and that has caused her to believe that she will not be able to transfer from Med/Surge to L&D.
One other question. Almost all of the jobs that she has applied for require that she has some sort of L & D experience. How is she supposed to get experience if no one will give her an opportunity? Any tips on how she can get experience in L&D? Some of the hospitals that she has applied for have actually hired new graduates over her. This is one of the things that has frustrated her as well. (no offense to the new graduates)
Last edit by gensing82 on Dec 12, '06