OK guys, I tried to read through all the posts...because I'm sure my ?'s are answered in there somewhere...I didn't get through them all...so here goes.
First of all...this is a great idea, making this a sticky..and the fact that the OB nurses on the boards are willing to answer all these questions!
Here is my thing...
I just finished an externship at a LDRP unit...and I absolutely loved it. I am moving as soon as I get out of nursing school (in the spring 2006), so I will have to apply at new, unfamiliar hospitals. Are there any extra things I can do to make myself more marketable for an OB job? We do our preceptorships in our last semester...but of course there is no guarantee I will get OB, it's a pretty sought after spot. I've head that nurse managers consider where you precepted, among other things when hiring new grads. Should I do anything extra...I mean w/in my scope...take classes? Or, do they even consider anything like that? I didn't realize I would react as passionately to OB as I did this summer. I really, really, enjoyed it. It actually wouldn't kill me to start in another area of nursing, but I do want to give OB my first shot. Sigh, if we were staying here, I have an almost guaranteed job where I externed!
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.