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Hi, I'm getting ready to graduate from Cal this saturday =0), and I plan on taking about a year off to get ready to apply to nursing school with big ambitions to get my master's in science and become a certified nurse midwife(CNM). Lots of medical schools that I'm considering applying to have placed strong emphasis on having experience in the medical field. I'm really interested in working in some type of ob/gyn setting to gain more insight about the field in particular. I've been searching for a while and I just don't have the medical exp. required for most jobs I see. However, I don't want to give up and settle for any ole job just to pay the bills. Does anyone have ANY advice, about getting a job or intern in this field.....I REALLY NEED A JOB/ASAP and the ob/gyn field would be a great opportunity as for my future goals!!! Any information would be gladly appreciated. Thank you
If you really want to work as a CNM, probably the best thing you can do is start work as a doula. Alta Bates, Highland, and other places have volunteer doula programs. Alta Bates has a shift program, which is amenable to working a regular full- or part-time job. You can do evening shifts or weekend shifts and still get a bit of experience working as a labor assitant.
I would venture to say that the more experience you have working with women and birth, the better. Doulas of North America (DONA) is having a conference in SF at the end of July. Go to the website and check it out www.dona.org. They offer birth doula trainings before the actual conference, and the list of speakers looks great. It's a good way to get more information about what a doula does.
I work in the finance dept so can't offer information which is more specific. However, I would recommend that you contact our human resources department and ask if they could refer you to someone who might be able to offer you some advice (or who knows? even work). 704-6010 & ask for HR department. Good luck! Anonymous
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