So I'm 23 years old and graduated nursing school back in May 2020. The whole reason I became a nurse was to work in L&D/Postpartum. I realized in nursing school during that OB rotation that was my passion and that's the place I wanted to start my career. Unfortunately, there were very limited to no jobs in women's services after graduation so I took a med/surg position. I've been working in med/surg the past 8 months or so and absolutely hate it. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the experience, but the thought of me working on a floor like this for the rest of my life is super depressing.
Despite disliking my job, I don't let it affect my work. I'm known as someone that is always very helpful, I put a smile on my face. I really do my job well, always going above and beyond for my patients even when they don't want my help. However, I know I'm not really happy here.
I'm not sure if there's a set cut off to when I should leave, but I've applied at many L&D/postpartum jobs around my area some even an hour away from me. I either never hear back/don't get it or get told they want someone with L&D/Mother/Baby experience. I just don't understand how I'm supposed to gain any experience in those specialties if no one will give me a chance and hire me like I have to start somewhere, right?
I know I haven't even been a nurse for a year and I'm probably being super dramatic. I'm just so unhappy and discouraged that I'm going to be stuck on a med/surg floor for the rest of my life.
My point being: If ANYONE has been in the same situation as me or has any advice as to how I can get hired on a L&D floor/Postpartum floor with no women's services experience/as a new nurse, PLEASE let me know. Whether there's certifications I should get, something I should be putting on my resume, literally any advice is appreciated!