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Skips is a MSN, RN and specializes in L&D.

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    Am I competitive applicant?

    Shortly after March 1st, we should hear back about interviews. Best of luck to you all! Report back!
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    Am I competitive applicant?

    Oh we are applying to the same class! Best of luck! And congrats on graduating this year! I think it’s great that you know what you want to do. Frontier does not find clinical preceptors for you like Bethel does, but they have mentors who can help you find someone in your area. They have preceptors all over the country and I know that they give them an honorarium, so that helps. I think preceptors deserve that anyway. Teaching is hard work! I am only applying to Bethel and Frontier. Super nervous! Thank you for the reply.
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    Am I competitive applicant?

    Hello! I am finishing up my application for Frontier's next class for nurse midwifery. Frontier is very competitive, so I'm nervous. I also plan to apply to Bethel's midwifery program. -My undergraduate GPA for my BSN is 3.5. My graduate GPA is 3.8. I tried to do better in my BSN program, but as a parent that went through a divorce during the program while working part-time, I could only do so much! I was pretty young, too. -L&D nurse for 3.5 years -OB/GYN clinic nurse. There are MD's, DO's, and CNM's in the office -I have extra responsibilities at my current job, and I plan to become a lactation champion. Hopefully I will get my CLC this next year. -I don't currently volunteer, unfortunately. What else can I do to become a good applicant if I don't get in first round? I appreciate all the help! I really want to get accepted. Happy Holidays!
  4. Yes, you are spot on in describing my experience as a labor nurse. This helped a lot. Thank you.
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    Job Shadowing After Interview in LDRP

    I would say basic things like, do show up on time and ready to go. Ask questions outside of the room. Shadowing is typically hands off, so no patient care. Bring something to write with and a small notebook to take notes. You got this!
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    Transitioning to Mother-Baby

    I wouldn't do full-time if you don't have to. Typically, you start on night shift if you are new to the hospital. Full-time night shift is tough. PRN or part-time is more manageable. I think you will do just fine part-time working on Mother Baby! It's an enjoyable floor. Lots of patient teaching. You will get very skilled at helping new moms breastfeed and troubleshooting some of the issues that come up with that. I enjoyed assessing newborns and doing new parent teaching. It was awesome!
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    Job Shadowing After Interview in LDRP

    Congratulations! I hope I am not too late with this reply. If you already shadowed, how did it go? Ask questions as they come up! I'm sure you will have a lot once you are there. Are you an experienced nurse that wants labor experience? Or a new graduate? Either way, I would be sure to take in how the staff treats you and those around them. Are they warm and inviting? Or cold and distant? Do the providers seem to treat the nursing staff with warmth and kindness? Do you notice that the nurses help each other out? Next, I would take in what type of equipment is being used. Does it seem to work properly? Do the nurses have to look for equipment they need or is it easily accessible? As far as laboring patients, I would ask what types of positioning they do during labor. If the unit is about physiologic birth or other practices? Some units will know exactly what you are talking about, others may look at you like you're crazy! I would also ask about turnover. Ask if the staff feels supported. Ask about educational opportunities and if there are any unit based councils to join. So many things! I hope you enjoy the experience.
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    L&D - How long to get used to c-sections?

    Hello! I am just one of many nurses who circulated for a c-section. I will give my 2 cents... I will tell you the very first surgery I watched as a student nurse was a GYN surgery. It wasn't bad at all. My nursing instructors told us students to eat a good breakfast and tell the nurse you are shadowing if you feel lightheaded. I say stick to those rules and you will be fine. You will have some surgeries you've observed before you are ever circulating as a nurse. It does help set the expectations. It isn't as gory as you might think. I circulated for c-sections many times as a L&D nurse. I never felt that I would pass out, but we all have our "things" as nurses. As a circulator, I focused on charting and getting extra supplies or instruments for the scrub nurse. I was focused on preparing the patient and getting them ready to go to PACU, or helping with the baby. You are very busy during cases with assisting and charting. If any complications arise, you are in charge of calling for extra help. Those are a few responsibilities back in the OR for obstetrics. I hope this helped! If you want, you can watch some videos of c-sections. There are quite a few on Youtube or Google.
  9. Hello! I was a full-time L&D nurse for 4 years on night shift. I struggled with the learning curve and I suffered from anxiety. At the 1.5-2 year mark, I finally felt better and I had my stride for a bit. At the 3 year mark, the anxiety came back with a vengeance. I was miserable at work, constantly questioning myself and I had zero confidence. Full-time was very difficult for me, and I felt like I just wasn't doing a good job at L&D. The call shifts were getting to me. I would feel drained even before going in the for night. It became too much. So I left. I am now in a busy OB/GYN office in a nursing role that is not patient-facing. I do telephone triage. I am feeling a huge pull toward becoming a CNM that is hard to ignore. My husband thinks it will be the same stress level for me as being a L&D nurse. He's probably right, but why can't I shake this feeling that I really need to do it? I am currently enrolled in a FNP program that will be cost-effective, and it isn't something I think I'd hate. I might end up loving it so much that I don't want to do CNM anymore. I don't start clinical for my FNP program for another 2 years, so I do have time to think about it. I'd love any advice. Thank you!
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    Bedside with an MSN?

    Hello! I will try to help. I think you should keep in mind which program is cheaper. ABSN and the MSN with clinical nurse leader will put you at the same place post graduation. You will need some clinical experience after graduation as a nurse before you can apply to FNP schools. Now, if you were to get your MSN right now, you could always go back for a post graduate certificate FNP program. That is what I am doing. Otherwise, you can do the ABSN and apply to Master's programs after getting some years of experience as a RN. It is up to you to decide cost of each program you are thinking about and how you want your career to look. Some areas utilize CNL much more than others. In the states I've practiced nursing, they do not utilize CNL. I know that Illinois does utilize it. Keep that in mind. It may not be much use to you in your career. Starting salary is based upon years of experience. I have not made more due to having a Master's degree when working as a floor RN. I didn't even make more by having a BSN. It is based upon experience. I am not familiar with the CNL role, as the states I have practiced nursing in do not utilize this role. I would do a search on this website regarding that. Thank you for asking me these questions. I hope this helped!
  11. Hello, all! I greatly appreciate the responses. I did not take the position. I ultimately want to feel like I have enough expertise before I teach and I don’t think I do at this time. I’m going to see where my career takes me! 🙂
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    What an update! Congratulations! I read this whole thread. I’m so, so happy things worked out for the better. I hope you can find your nursing spot after all these years. I am 30, nurse for almost 6 years, and I could relate to your post. I’m already tired and I am unsure what area of nursing is tolerable.
  13. Hello! I have been a nurse for 5 years. 3 of those years have been in L&D. 2 were in outpatient prior to that. I have an offer for a full time teaching job at a community college in their ADN program. I would be teaching in their second to last semester, one of which is a med/surg clinical. Problem is, I have never worked med/sug, so how can I teach it? Is this a red flag? I also have a job offer for a OB/GYN clinic. Please help!
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    Bedside with an MSN?

    I have a MSN and I work bedside. It’s possible!
  15. I need help, and I will start counseling about it here soon. However, I'm turning to allnurses.com to put a label on what I'm feeling because I'm very confused. I have been a nurse for 5 years total, 3 of them in labor and delivery. I feel like a new nurse all over again! I cry after (just okay and bad equally) shifts. I dread going into work. I've had to be put on anxiety medication. I'm baffled because this started back in September/October. However, I've always sort of struggled with how stressful L&D is and if I'm even smart enough of a nurse to do it. At the 1.5 year mark, I felt better and competent but only for a few months. I definitely do not feel this way at all anymore. Nothing in particular happened. But the thought of going back for a routine C-section makes me nauseous with anxiety. Or the thought of a vaginal delivery with some type of complication happening, even though I've dealt with plenty of complications and I've done many C-sections just fine. I've precepted and I've taught people in those situations. I am getting tired of every shift having some kind of emergency happening. Getting yelled at/belittled by a doctor or two here and there. Having a physically demanding shift where everything hurts afterward due to turning epidural patients constantly. Pushing for hours. It's all getting to be too much. I used to like this job and I thought L&D was my *dream* job (ha!), I don't know what happened. My personality is quiet and reserved, and I am shy. I tend to really like routine and I have generalized anxiety disorder. I don't know if labor is for me anymore. I worked hard to actually get into OB and I have my master's in nursing education. But without OB or any inpatient experience, how will a nursing school or hospital ever hire me in the future as an educator without it? I suppose I would like emotional support/stories of similar situations. Thank you.
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    Should I be upfront with my supervisor?

    Not necessarily, it is more of a courtesy than anything else.