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?
Dear Donna replies:
When what youre doing isnt working, its time to try a new approach. I dont 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, youll 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).