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smallnurse10 has 5 years experience and specializes in L&D.

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    Frontier clinicals

    Hi everyone: I am a per diem L&D RN, and a FNP. I am going to start working as a nursing professor at a community college in the Spring of 2019 teaching obstetrics. Since I will have the summers and holidays off, I am thinking I would like to return for a post masters in midwifery at Frontier. I would love to do some international volunteer work and work per diem while teaching. My question is for those that have completed the program: I would likely have to relocate for clinicals as I work for the hospital that runs the only midwifery service in town. As an educator I will be limited to completing clinicals in the summer and winter break (mid Dec to mid Jan). Do you think this is feasible with their 32 hr week clinical requirements? I have spoken to a recruiter but she has not given any helpful information to that question. When I break it down it doesn't really seem to work out unless all clinicals can be done within the summer term. Thanks!
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    Taking a pay cut to go into your choice career

    I just accepted a full time tenure track nursing instructor position at a CC. It pays less than half of what I was making working part time as a nurse practitioner, but I HATE my nurse practitioner job. Being an educator is my dream job and I can't wait even though I'll be making significantly less money. I plan to continue working as a RN per diem for a few years to make up the difference. The benefits though are far superior to any nursing job I've ever had!
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    Interview help

    Hi colleagues, I have an interview for a np position at a specialty women's health practice next week. I am a new grad and have been working in urgent care for the past 6 months. I really want to work in women's health as that is my background as an RN. When I graduated there were few jobs available besides urgent care and family practice so I had no choice but to accept my current position. I did interview at a GYN office and the MD offered $35 an hour with a straight face and I politely declined (this was about 2 months ago). Since opportunities in women's health are thin in my area I would really like to land this job! What questions should I ask when I go for the interview? I know they had an np that was there for a year or so, but I'm curious why she left. How would I bring this up? Thanks!
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    What to put in a cold cover letter

    Hi and thanks for reading my post. I am a labor and delivery nurse that will be graduating from my local university's family nurse practitioner program in May. I would like to continue to work in women's health but there are no jobs available. I was hoping to send my resume and cover letter to all the women's health providers in my area and hopefully obtain a position that way. I know some of these physicians because I work in ob, but some I do not because they just do gyn. How should I go about writing this letter? I have looked at cover letter sites for this type of letter but none of them are geared toward healthcare. Suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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    Everyone Wants to Become a Nurse For Different Reasons

    Katie I thought your story was lovely. It is great that you have found your calling and love geriatrics. Nursing is stressful, but it is also very rewarding career if you have the right attitude. Good luck in all your future endeavors.
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    Banker to nurse - Would you make the switch

    Call the hospitals in your area and see if they would be willing to let you shadow to see if the career is for you. I have had several people shadow me mostly high school students but it can be done. It isn't about peeing or pooing as all patients in all units do that. L&D nursing is an extremely stressful, high pressure environment. Family members tell me all the time how great my job is because I get to play with babies all day. This is far from the truth. I never play with the babies. We deliver and then move them out. This is why shadowing would show you what being an L&D nurse is an does why I think it is a good idea for all potential nurses. Trust me I love my job, but it is not easy and extremely challenging especially for the first few years. I'm not saying you're one of those people that doesn't get it or that would say "I just want to play with babies" but this is what many people think about this area of nursing and I just want to make sure you have a good understanding of what the career entails before you jump in and make a major career move.
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    Banker to nurse - Would you make the switch

    I work in L&D and really enjoy my job. I would suggest shadowing a nurse in mother/baby & L&D to see if it is for you. Many potential RNs in women's health realize it isn't really want they thought it would be after working in the field a bit. I am a travel nurse now but when I was staff I would have never been able to go part time. The unit was chronically short staffed and the manager forbid it. We lost several staff nurses due to this rule. Also, a good L&D unit will keep its staff so that means many, many years on the night shift. I know units where L&D nurses work nights for ten years or more before they land that coveted day shift position. However, this is highly dependent on where you live and choose to work. L&D and surgery positions usually take call in a big hospital and often you get called in. Call pay is minimal depending on the hospital but 1.5 times pay when called in. Personally, I hate call and like to avoid it at all costs. It can easily add another day or two per month to your working life. OB surgery is done by L&D nurses in a large hospital and by surgical nurses in small hospitals. Those surgical nurses do not only circulate on OB cases, but also must know every surgical specialty as they circulate all surgical cases.
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    Asking a higher rate

    In the last two months I have seen 3 jobs that paid $2800 per week after taxes for travel assignments in California and Washington state for 36 hours per week. If I wanted to work 48 hours per week then I could have brought home $3500 per week (but I don't). I am currently working on a travel assignment and not available but money is out there if you want to travel and have the right specialty. If you wish to work per diem then do so. I also work per diem but don't make nearly the same money as I do traveling.
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    Financial benefits of travel nursing: real or imagined?

    Maybe it's your specialty? It's just a thought. I'm a L&D nurse but I'm making double what I did as perm staff and my current job is so much easier. I'm working in a low cost area of ca and bringing home 2k per week working 36 hours a week. I have plenty left over after paying my bills.
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    grad school and travel nursing

    This year I got a scholarship that covers half of my tuition which has been really wonderful. I take out loans for a 1/4 and then pay the other 1/4 out of pocket.
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    grad school and travel nursing

    I'm doing this right now. I am an FNP student and just started working as a travel nurse in January. I'm only 3 hours from my home and return to do clinicals on my days off. I am negotiating with the hospital I'm at now to extend my contract into July, but with a month off in April for school work and clinicals. So far it has been working out well. I told the hospital when I interviewed about days I needed off for school (very minimal) and they have been great. Traveling so far has been much more flexible than when I was staff :) Good luck to you in your studies and travels!
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    7 months and I can't do this anymore.

    I just want to post a follow up to my previous post. As a high risk L&D nurse, I understand your fears and frustrations because I too felt that way when I was new to the specialty. I cried after many shifts and was constantly worried about my documentation etc. Many of my coworkers were not supportive, demeaned me in front of patients and physicians which made it a rather toxic environment for someone that was learning. I didn't want those people to win because I liked being there for my patient and her family. Do you like taking care of normal deliveries, coaching your mom etc.? If you do then you do like L&D but are probably just unsure of your skills at this point. It takes time to feel confident in knowing what to do in an emergency, which will come but it takes time. If you don't love L&D, supporting your mom etc then move on. Good luck to you and whatever decision you make.
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    What specialty/job would this be?

    Maybe try childbirth education. I know several L&D nurses that transitioned from childbirth education and still do it on the side because they love the teaching aspect. Also, taking a lactation course would be a good option too. I personally find postpartum rather boring, but you may love it. LDRP may be the best option to get the experience of all specialties. Don't worry about not getting a job in L&D as a new grad. If you do great, if you don't that's okay too. I worked in telemetry and then transferred to L&D after one year. If you work in a high risk facility then you will see lots of medical issues in your pregnant patients so having other experience can be invaluable :) Good luck to you in your future endeavors.
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    7 months and I can't do this anymore.

    I'm sorry it's been tough, but I think it is fairly common to feel this way when you are new and working in a high risk facility. I also started in a high risk facility and felt this way for a good year. It does get BETTER, trust me. I worked in the high risk facility for three years and now I am working as a traveler in a small facility that does 20-30 deliveries per month and it is night and day different. If L&D is truly your passion, then I don't think moving to another specialty will make you any happier. I love L&D but am much happier in the low risk facility. L&D nurses are in high demand so once you get a little more experience you will be able to go anywhere you want. Just hang in there a little longer :)
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    What's your speciality?

    Thanks Ned. To me it is commuting distance, but it's not feasible for me to travel home after each shift. The assignment is 3.5 hours from my home and I will be staying there in my RV unless I have several days off together in a row, but if I need to get home it will be easier than say being 1000 miles from home.
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    What's your speciality?

    I have four years of experience and work as a L&D nurse. I just started my first travel assignment and submitted my information to three hospitals and had three job offers. I was actually quite shocked about how easy it was to find a job within commuting distance to my home (this was important to me).