I know this an old thread but my heart keeps calling me to L&D or M/B. After having an amazing experience at a wonderful hospital with my second birth, I knew I wanted to go back to pursuing my dream of being an OB nurse. I just am not entirely sure how to get there because "I don't fit the mold".
I graduated in June 2013, with my senior practicuum experience in Pediatric Nursing. After a terrible experience in the pediatric ED, I had no idea where to go in nursing. M/B was something I had always loved but was highly discouraged to begin my career there, so I settled for a step down unit as my first job. It was a crazy, stressful, surreal year and half! Though the knowledge I had gained was infallible, I was burnt out so quickly due to a continually short staffed unit and increasing ratios/acuities of patients. I had a friend introduce me to the field of home health nursing and the schedule appeal and no weekends drew me in. I began as a home health case manager RN, working with mostly geriatric patients. A month after I started my job, I found out I was pregnant with my second child.
The job was amazing for the flexibility with my then 4 year old son, and the days I wasn't feeling well due to being pregnant I could schedule my patients around that. It was great - for a while. However, I never stopped working. Always answering emails, phone calls, scheduling, paperwork, somehow still even on my days off. After I returned to work from maternity leave, I decided to just work per diem to lighten my load of work, now with having two children and a household to manage with my husband. However, it's the same thing still...not only do I never stop working, I'm no longer fulfilled by my job. My heart still keeps calling me to OB nursing.
I've applied to some jobs but never get any bites. I have been recently looking into doula training and then possibly midwifery. Would the doula training help my resume when applying to L&D jobs? All of them seem to require experience. Any knowledge or advice is greatly appreciated!