I am an older nurse with years of experience. L&D, ER, Med-Surg. I have been away from hospital for 3 years. In reviewing my 20 years nursing experience and where I want to go, I realize L&D was my love and is the best fit for me in this stage of my life. I also realize that although I have done post partum in the past, it is not what I want to do, nor is it the best fit. So here goes my question....
Now that I understand my focus (L&D only) how do I get back to doing L&D when it has been 3 years since working in hospital and 12 years since I did L&D. Is there any way to get back or am I just chasing an unrealistic dream? I have years of great experience to offer (I believe my ER experience enhances my L&D experiences). I just need the opportunity and time to get back into the groove and update. Suggestions/thoughts?
Thank you for reading and responding,
I would suggest applying to smaller, more rural hospitals that are at least 1+ hours away from a larger city. Those areas tend to be feeling the nursing shortage, and would be more likely to be delighted to have you, even though it's been several years since you've worked in L&D.
I would say look to see what jobs are available where you are. I am in a pretty urban area and we need nurses in our L&D unit so bad. You might be a perfect fit! Just start exploring and mention that you have a passion for L&D so you're looking for a place to stay semi-long term. Good luck.