Steps to being a RN with OB/GYN or L/D or Midwife practice?

Hi, I am currently waiting to start school in the spring.

I am going to be doing a CNA class to get Certified .. then eventually Registered. Hoping to knock out of pre-reqs for the Nursing Programs in Washington State ….

I am hoping to next year (winter) to get into a ADN program at any of the local community colleges … getting my LPN, first year, then RN second year.

If my plan goes as I hope it does, or even takes longer than that, cause the program is full … what steps do I take afterwards to become a RN, that works with OBGYN or the L & D Ward at Hospitals. I know I have to have 1 to 2 years of experience, so that would be the first step getting a job as a RN … first .. but what steps can i take to help me advance and get more experience …

(any advice or tips would be awesome)

…. oh on another note … if anyone knwos what YWAM is, I can do my DTS this summer for 6 months … and then next July 2011 .. go and do a BAS, which is a Birthing Attendant School, where for a year, I learn midwifery curriculum and go into the field of third world courntries and work with young mothers for womens health and care and education and pregnant women, and actually get to put my skills to practice and deliver babies and offer pre-natal and post natal care … I am excited at the chance to maybe do this … would this help me out that much more when it comes to this??? I would be getting my CNA first .. but probably wouldn’t be able to get my LPN …. so good idea or bad??

Thanks in advance everyone .. idiotic answers just for points will be ignored …
I did a little more research … and I need my ADN, then my BSN … and possibly I could do a Hospital Diploma in lieu or on top of both degrees ….

Generally about how much on average will my Associates then Bachelors cost.

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  1. TBJSCheer says:

    Well, you will have to make sure your school will allow using a CNA certification to bypass pre-requisites. Because, I know my school only allows you to bypass if you are a licensed LPN and I attend Nursing School in New York. You can use the CNA, to gain more experience in the clinical area to help you with your studies, if you are unable to become an LPN.

    However, once you become licensed as an RN, you can easly venture into whatever field you want. When you apply for a hospital job, just look for the area you would like to work in. Usually the hospital will give you further on-site training when you are hired.

    Also, Mid-wifes are usually Nurse Practitioners, which are RN’s with a Master’s degree. So I would suggest, get your ADN in Nursing first, then find a job in the OB/GYN, Labor/Delivery/Nursery wards and then go back to school and eventually get your Master’s degree (which is only 1 year) and become a Mid-wife (Nurse Practitioner).

    If you get your ADN first and pass the NCLEX exam, it will be easier for you to level up your degrees and cheaper, because a lot of hospitals will pay for you to further your education.

    Hope that helps!! :0)

  2. Diane A says:

    Delivering babies is not to be taken lightly–it is one of the field where malpractice & complications can have profound consequences particularly in third worlds where pre-natal care is poor. You also do not want, for this very reason, to try & shortchange any education you need for this. It may look easy but it is in fact, not. (FYI mid wifery-RN is usually closer to 3 years training, not 1). I suggest putting the brakes on this a bit and doing what you were going to do first–get the RN (eventually you will need a bachelors degree), and working in L & D or similar to get a really good foundation; then move on into the next phase.

    As to getting the LPN first; if that is part of the associates RN, no big deal. But other than that, it is sort a waste of time if you can go directly into the RN program, as you need the RN, not the LPN to work L & D & move up. Do not do a hospital diploma if you have sights on a nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner. Costs depend on where you go to school–CCs are the cheapest; state universities next.

  3. PRGfUSMC says:

    If you wont to deliver babies, Id suggest NOT getting your LPN and going directly for your RN, which is still 2 yrs (if you get accepted in the program right away). Once you have your RN, you can finish your bachelors in one yr, BUT you can start working right after you get your license. Im almost positive that you need experience to get into any OB/GYNO unit, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.