Published Oct 26, 2003
hi all! i'm a student just starting out, actually i don't begin work on my pre-reqs til january, but i thought i'd ask. is there anything special i should take in school to gear me towards l + d? i would love to work in l + d or nicu, i think that the birthing process is one of the most beautiful things in the world, and i really want to work with babies in one respect or another. so, any advice from you ladies out there??
Welcome! One of the best things you can do for your nursing career in whatever area you end up in, is to be a pt. care assistant. There's not much glamour in it but boy do you learn alot! Once you are a nurse, the experience as a pca will help you appreciate them all the more. Also - when you get into the nursing program, some hospitals will hire you as a "Nurse tech."
I did this at a hospital and was area specific to l&d. I loved it, learned alot, and it confirmed that was the area for me.
As for any specific classes, they are all important for the area of l&d. Stick with what is required to get into nursing school - you'll have plenty to do with just those. Hope this helps.
At this point, what you want to do is get thru nursing school and experience all your clinicals. You may find another more appealing area in your years in training. I would concentrate ALL my energies to doing the best you can in nursing school and worry about L and D specifics more close to your Senior Seminar time.
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