New LPN-can I go into L&D

  1. Hi all-I start my LPN school in August. I go to the orientation March 23rd, but wanted to know if LPN's can go into L&D. I wasn't accepted into the RN program at my school, no problem, I'll get it after I finish my LPN. I already have all my pre-req's done for both.
    Ok, that's besides the point-Can I specialize in L&D as an LPN? Do LPN's get to choose their specialties? I'm fascinated with labor and delivery, babies, etc. I have 2 young boys, the first was a c-sec and the second was a vbac. Someday I hope to talk my husband into a 3rd! In the meantime, I would like to be as close to it as I can, it's so interesting to me
    Thanks for the advice, Jenny
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  3. by   cherylynn
    Quote from hanesjenny
    Hi all-I start my LPN school in August. I go to the orientation March 23rd, but wanted to know if LPN's can go into L&D. I wasn't accepted into the RN program at my school, no problem, I'll get it after I finish my LPN. I already have all my pre-req's done for both.
    Ok, that's besides the point-Can I specialize in L&D as an LPN? Do LPN's get to choose their specialties? I'm fascinated with labor and delivery, babies, etc. I have 2 young boys, the first was a c-sec and the second was a vbac. Someday I hope to talk my husband into a 3rd! In the meantime, I would like to be as close to it as I can, it's so interesting to me
    Thanks for the advice, Jenny
    Florida says no to LPN in labor delivery, strange because my school focused alot on the subject because state requires us to have the knowledge, but hospitals dont hire lpns for that feild. Im a new nurse waiting to take nclexpn march 16th, my friend just took hers and passed she said it was all scenerio questions and not much you can study for. Sample, you have 4 patients with 4 different diseases which one would require isolation room, then they give you the diseases to choose from. Back to your question, it depends on your state I heard Oklahoma hire LPNs in L&D.
    Cherylynn
  4. by   montinurse
    How do I find out if my state hires LPN's in L&D? I'm in Indiana..
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am sorry, but they don't hire LPNs into L and D most places. You will just have to find the hospitals in your state and start calling HR or OB dept's to find out if they do there. They have been moving away from LPN's in L and D in most places for years now. Good luck, hope you do find something.
  6. by   montinurse
    Thanks. It's really not that big of a deal, I will get my Rn before it's all overwith anyways! Just thought I could work in L&D after I get Licensed PN. Thanks again, Jenny
  7. by   FrumDoula
    Quote from hanesjenny
    Thanks. It's really not that big of a deal, I will get my Rn before it's all overwith anyways! Just thought I could work in L&D after I get Licensed PN. Thanks again, Jenny
    Consider working as a doula for awhile .... doula training is fabulous, and you learn so much about normal labor and birth. (And many doulas learn a ton about high risk issues as well.) While you don't participate in care, you get a good view of hospital, birth center and home birth and what each entails.

    I also think there's a positive side to learning about obstetric intervention before you work on an L&D floor.

    Alison
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I agree w/the doula suggestion.
  9. by   RN4HUGS
    I am in Indiana and I know that some of the county hospitals in my area employ LPN's in L&D. One of my classmates in practical nursing school is working as a LPN in L&D now. Good Luck!
  10. by   BETSRN
    Quote from hanesjenny
    Hi all-I start my LPN school in August. I go to the orientation March 23rd, but wanted to know if LPN's can go into L&D. I wasn't accepted into the RN program at my school, no problem, I'll get it after I finish my LPN. I already have all my pre-req's done for both.
    Ok, that's besides the point-Can I specialize in L&D as an LPN? Do LPN's get to choose their specialties? I'm fascinated with labor and delivery, babies, etc. I have 2 young boys, the first was a c-sec and the second was a vbac. Someday I hope to talk my husband into a 3rd! In the meantime, I would like to be as close to it as I can, it's so interesting to me
    Thanks for the advice, Jenny
    Of course it will depend on the unit, but many hospitals do NOT (or cannot because of standards) use LPN's in L&D (at least not in the labor/delivery part).

    Some options would be for you to 1) continue on for your RN someday, 2) become a certified childbirth educator, or 3) become a certified birth doula.

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