New OB Nurses, Grads and Students, Please Feel Free to post your questions here: - page 42

Mugwump had a great idea offering services to new grads as a mentor (thank you for that!) So, I thought having a "sticky" for new grads, OB nurses, students, and others with questions who want... Read More

  1. by   carolinapp
    Hi All,

    I graduated in BSN in June,2004 in Brazil. But, just now that I got my RN license in US. I began to search for an OB position, but it seems that most of the place require some previous experience. I have it as Nurse Trainee in hospitals and public health clinics. Can I consider it as years of experience? Further more, I am looking for a place that does not do abortion. Should I put this in my resume? Anyway, yesterday I went at a nursing job fair and the Nurse recruiter told me that they didn't have any position available. But, I did a research in the website and I found it one, which requires 1 year of experience. Should I send an email to her? Or they will just hire me as an entry-level Nurse since I don't have experience as a RN.
    Please, let me know what do you think about it.

    Carol
  2. by   ElvishDNP
    Carol,
    Usually when recruiters talk about experience, they are talking about years of experience as a RN. Certainly you can mention that you held the other position and what you learned from it. However, if I were you, I would not count it as years of experience. Just be honest with them that you are a new grad but you do have 'xyz' experience as a nurse trainee.

    As far as the abortion issue, this is really an individual hospital thing. Even if they do abortions, you will (or should) have the opportunity to opt out of assisting with them if that situation conflicts with your religious beliefs. However, you may end up taking care of a woman post-procedure. If that would be an issue for you as well, be aware and clarify with any place you interview. This wouldn't be something to ask the nurse recruiter or human resources, though. That should be addressed with the nurse manager of the OB unit. S/he will probably not be surprised by your concern, as you are certainly not the first to have it.

    Best of luck to you,
    Elvish
  3. by   08icuRN
    Thanks for the opportunity to as questions about L&D. I will be graduating May 2008, I have a interveiw with a the L&D mangers in the hospital that I want to work with. Do you have any idea of what types of questions are mostly asked during the interveiw process? I am very excited about possibly becoming a L&D nurse. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.. Thanks in advance:heartbeat
  4. by   Birth in Awareness
    Hi there, I have been on this site since 7:00 this morning !!! What a ton if information!!! Thank you all soooo much!!! I am a Doula and an RN. After 2 yrs, I am finally starting on Monday in an L&D position. I am desperately trying to locate a listing of commonly used drugs in L&D. If you could post them that would be awesome!!!! Just trying to study up before Monday!
    Katrina
  5. by   ElvishDNP
    Katrina,
    You might want to check out this thread (and the thread mentioned therein):
    https://allnurses.com/forums/f35/com...se-268867.html
  6. by   Birth in Awareness
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the information!!! I do have one more question though. My husband purchased a Palm for me to use on the floor. It is wireless and I am interested in getting a subscription to an OB download that will be a great resource. My girlfriend is in ER and she downloaded Epocrates to her Palm. I think I would rather have something more specific to Labor and delivery.
    Any suggestions????
    Katrina
  7. by   ElvishDNP
    Katrina,
    Now on THAT, I have zero info. I have not yet joined the 21st century in that regard....you might want to post your question on the PDAs & Nursing forum. Bet they would have your answer!
  8. by   carolinapp
    Quote from Shelle104
    Thanks for the opportunity to as questions about L&D. I will be graduating May 2008, I have a interveiw with a the L&D mangers in the hospital that I want to work with. Do you have any idea of what types of questions are mostly asked during the interveiw process? I am very excited about possibly becoming a L&D nurse. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.. Thanks in advance:heartbeat
    Usually, they ask what are your weakness and strength. What are you personal qualities.Why you choose nursing and probably L&D.What are you work skills? Why did you choose that company? Give some example of a difficult situation that you had in a previous job and how did you handle it. Then , they will ask if you have some questions.
    I am sure that you can find more info at careers webs.

    Carol
  9. by   IamElectric
    Hello!

    I have been a Med/Surg float nurse for two years, with quite a bit of experience floating to our Family Birth Center for postpartum care. I am excited because I was recently hired to begin work as an LDRP trainee, and I will start next week. I work in a small rural hospital with a small LDRP unit with about 380 births per year. I've opened up my maternity nursing textbook and read a few books given to me by one of the OB RNs, trying to refresh the information I learned in school.

    My main question is, I am 24 years old and have never had children, so do you think I can be a good OB nurse even though I've never given birth? I almost feel as though I lack credibility and my patients would have more trust in me if I were older and had children and experience of my own.

    Also, any tips or suggestions on how I can ease my transition into this specialty?

    Thanks!
    Meagan
  10. by   ElvishDNP
    There are lots and lots of nurses in L/D who don't have kids of their own, and they do fine. There is something to be said for knowing what it feels like when you have to push, etc., but just because you don't doesn't mean you can't support your laboring moms. If you care and it shows, that goes a very very long way.

    Review EFM strips, and you might join AWHONN as well. They have a fabulous # of resources for people with all levels of OB experience. Review normal and abnormal labs, conditions, findings for pregnant and postpartum women. Signs of fetal & newborn distress. Volunteer to see as much unusual stuff as you can. This would be a great start. Also there's a sticky of recommended books for reading in this forum that you might want to check out.

    Oh, and welcome to allnurses.com!
  11. by   mellowyellow0526
    Quote from IamElectric
    Hello!

    I have been a Med/Surg float nurse for two years, with quite a bit of experience floating to our Family Birth Center for postpartum care. I am excited because I was recently hired to begin work as an LDRP trainee, and I will start next week. I work in a small rural hospital with a small LDRP unit with about 380 births per year. I've opened up my maternity nursing textbook and read a few books given to me by one of the OB RNs, trying to refresh the information I learned in school.

    My main question is, I am 24 years old and have never had children, so do you think I can be a good OB nurse even though I've never given birth? I almost feel as though I lack credibility and my patients would have more trust in me if I were older and had children and experience of my own.

    Also, any tips or suggestions on how I can ease my transition into this specialty?

    Thanks!
    Meagan
    Meagan-
    HI I just graduated on Saturday...woo hoo~ Just FYI, I am 22, married and no children (but definitely want them!) and I will be working Postpartum at first then can train high risk and LD. Anyhow, I think as nurses we are skilled professionals and they know that we are EDUCATED versus just have experience with our own lives. The fact that you have RN behind your name says enough about you to your patients...and I am always amazed at how much trust they put in me at such a young age! I do think though, that vice versa working OB before kids will just make you all the better mommy when you do have a kiddo!

  12. by   mellowyellow0526
    Hi everyone! I just graduated a BSN program this weekend and am so super excited to be a nurse! Now onto studying for the boards some more and then testing! I have an OB job lined up in PP which I am so excited for. Its a beautiful facility, close to home, and Im really excited to be working OB right off the bat. Quick question though, I will be starting on nights and am totally not a night person. I don't have any kids and have been married 1 year so I will probably sleep during the day. How is working nights? Any advice on how to stay healthy and fit and not go bonkers being nocturnal????? What is done on a PP unit at night (Breastfeeding, meds, teaching, vitals, charting, etc??)

    THanks for any input. I love this place
  13. by   tfiore
    I was wondering if there is anyone out there who recently graduated, went to a sudo med-surg floor because it was "best for them to start there" and now is going to try to get into labor and delivery. I am coming up on my year 8/08 and owe my unit one year. I am so nervous about making yet another transition but know I don't want to be where I am right now. This has been a very difficult year starting out. My unit was supposed to be a stroke, tele floor and can tell you I've seen many things other than stroke. I wear way too many hats, which I wasn't expecting and don't feel that I can perfect or even come close to understanding them all. Not even a year in and I am miserable. I don't have much in L&D only that I love the one on one and can say I went through it 3 times and would do it many more if I wasn't getting so old
    Anyway if there is anyone out there you made the switch please let me know how you faired and if you still with it. Thanks in advance

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