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How do I gain the experience necessary to become an RN working in labor and delivery?

Question:

Dear Donna,

I have been a pediatric RN in California for six years. I recently relocated to Colorado, and I am finding it difficult to obtain a pediatric position in northern Colorado (they all seem to be in the Denver area), so I would like to transition to labor and delivery. However, most hospitals want someone with L&D experience. How do I go about getting the experience for L&D, or possibly for PACU?

Joey

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Joey,

When what you’re doing isn’t working, it’s time to try a new approach. I don’t know what method you are using to find and apply for jobs, but I would suggest that you rely more on networking or word of mouth — an effective way to find and get a job. That includes attending Nursing Spectrum and NurseWeek career fairs in your area (http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Expo), attending local chapter meetings of nursing associations (whether or not you are a member), and showing up for recruitment events and facility open houses. Because you recently relocated, you’ll want to build a new network in your area anyway — even more reason to attend local professional association meetings.

Read “Getting the Most From Professional Associations” (www.dcardillo.com/articles/assoc.html) and “How to Network Successfully” (www.dcardillo.com/articles/networksuccess.html). Also read “How to Change Specialties”(www.dcardillo.com/articles/changespecial.html) for additional tips and advice on making the transition. You also will find lots more practical advice in my book, “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career” (www.nurse.com/ce/7250).

Best wishes,
Donna

By | 2009-07-24T00:00:00-04:00 July 24th, 2009|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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