New to Nursing and want to pursue O/B...Any Suggestions???

  1. Hello,

    I actually start school in the fall to become a nurse so I am extremely new. I really want to become a L/D nurse. I originally wanted to become a CNM but I really didn't want to be on call and be stuck with that HUGE amount of responsibility! Well my question is how do I get there? Is the there a certain amount of work that I have to complete in the other fields or can I focus my training in that direction. (ie, parenting classes, birth educator classes etc...) Has anyong heard of Victor Valley College??? That is where I plan to go. Any and all help would be appreciated. After having 3 kids and having crazy nurses during my delivery I want to pursue this career. I am soooo excited. I can't wait. I have 3 kids, 4 and under and an extremely wonderful supportive husband. It either now or never, so please help me out.

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  3. by   fergus51
    Many hospitals will hire new grads into OB if they have done their senior practicum in that area. As long as you try to focus your school projects on that area and take any clinical in OB that you can, there aren't any special requirements to get a job there after graduation. Good luck, it is certainly an interesting area to work in!
  4. by   purplemania
    The nursing degree is pretty much generic. Once you are hired to a unit you will learn that specialty and as time goes on you will get continuing education. The trick is to concentrate on nursing school and pass it first!
  5. by   sunnybrook23
    Thanks for your input. Getting through school first is of course the focus. I am a long term dreamer. I have to see the big picture and that is my driving force. I will take all of your suggestions into consideration. I will be taking side classes though CAPPA when things with school are slow. After all "Life" does come up and things have to be put on hold. Anyway thanks!

  6. by   zambezi
    Hi Rebecca, Congratulations on starting nursing school. My only suggestion is to go into school with an open mind. I too started school wanting to only do I went through the program, I realized there are so many other things that I never realized were so interesting. While I had a great OB rotation, I chose CCU right out of school (who would have thought? OB to hearts??? I used to joke with a cardiologist that I knew personally that I would never go into working with hearts or that type of patient...he made fun of me when he saw me orienting into the unit). I have been out of school for a year now and love what I do. Anyway, as others have mentioned, you will have to go through everything, the beauty of nursing is that you can do all kinds of things. The first step is passing school! Good luck in your decisions-and have fun!~
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Welcome to the board. You received some GREAT advice. I entered OB right out of school 6 years ago and have loved it. It has it's ups and downs, like anything, but overall, I don't regret it. Get thru school, keep in touch w/your OB dept if you can where you do your clinicals and perhaps you will get in when you graduate, too. I wish you good things in the future!