I am needing some input from people on the ground. I have been an RN for about 5 years with 2 years of experience. 1 year was at an LTACH (vents, trachs, very medically complex patients, great learning experience) until my son was born prematurely and really needed me at home with him for about 3 years. I then worked for a year at a women's clinic doing ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, and prenatal education until a few months ago when we moved out of state. I am now looking for my next position.
I would love to work in labor and delivery with the goal of moving into an IBCLC lactation consultant . However, since I have not worked into acute care for a few years (and yes, I feel very rusty in my acute skill set), and have not yet worked in labor and delivery, I really need to sell myself to get my foot in the door. I have assisted with around 40 births over the years, I know I love it so that isn't the issue - just no acute L and D training.
I had a thought: while I want to cross train into labor and delivery, my favorite part is the lactation consulting anyway.... What if I just spent the time and money now to get my IBCLC?
Do you guys think a hospital would be interested in a new IBCLC if she has no labor and delivery/pp/recent acute experience? Would I really cut myself short by going for LC first rather than L&D first?
I live in a major metro area with good job postings for IBCLCs, most wanting acute maternal child experience.