Hello Everybody! My name is Shannon, & i Need your help!!

  1. Hello everybody!
    i am a rookie at all this, my name is shannon mioni. i am a single mother desperate to get a career! i am a high school graduate, year 2004. i was wondering how much & how long does it take to become a neonatal nurse?? i heard they get payed pretty good. how much do u get paid as a neonatal nurse?? i need to know step by step basis because i get confused!
    i would very kindly appreciate your help!! thank u!
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  3. by   Tweety
    Welcome.

    First you need to go to you local nursing school and talk to an admissions counseler.

    Neonatal nurses are usually RNs. It might take you about 3 to 4 years to become an RN, it depends on the waiting list and how many pre-req courses you have to take.

    Good luck!
  4. by   Daytonite
    hi, shannon!

    good for you for wanting a career in nursing! i'm going to list some links that will take you directly to websites where you can read about nursing and how to become a nurse and how to get information about getting into college. the more you read up, the more you will know.

    a neonatal nurse is one particular specialty within nursing. you will first need to go to a nursing school and get a nursing license. there are two types of nursing licenses here in the u.s.: lpn and rn. there are currently three professional nursing organizations for neonatal nurses. i'm listing links to all of them for you so you can see how important this specialty is. once you get your license, you will look for a job in a neonatal intensive care unit. a facility who hires you to work in this kind of unit will also provide you with extra training in order to work with babies.

    you might also want to check out the nursing student forums of allnurses, particularly the pre-nursing student forum, where you may find threads that will have answers to many of the questions you have about getting started in nursing school. here is a list of all the nursing student forums on allnurses: http://allnurses.com/forums/f196/

    and, here's that list of links:
    http://www.discovernursing.com/
    nursing careers - discover nursing - neonatal intensive care nursing

    http://www.nursingsociety.org/career/cmap.html

    http://www.nurse.com/nursecontent/ - this is a very nice site that has a career showcase that explains what some of the various specialties in nursing are as well as having information about the various licensing levels in nursing and how to prepare and get your education to become a nurse.

    http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm - about registered nursing from the u.s. department of labor

    http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos102.htm - about lpn nursing from the u.s. department of labor

    http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos165.htm - information on nursing assistants (cna) from the u.s. department of labor

    http://www.nsna.org/ - national student nurses association

    college board - sat registration - college admissions - everyone who makes the choice to go to college has to start learning about college. this is the entry page on the collegeboard website where you can do just that. do not be put off by the fact that they focus on preparing high school students for college from grade 10 (sophomore year) and that this is the company that writes and administers the sat (scholastic aptitude test). you will find links here to a massive amount of information about the sat and clep tests (which you may or may not need to take for college admission), how to "plan for college", "find a college", "apply to college", and "pay for college". please take some time to explore the information on this huge website.

    the academy of neonatal nursing

    http://www.awhonn.org/ncc/student.htm this page on the website of the association of women's health, obstetric and neonatal nursing will give you a lot of information on being a nurse, salary you can expect to make, types of nursing degrees, nursing specialties with weblinks to some of the major professional nursing organizations, the nurse reinvestment act, and some information and how to search for scholarships and financial aid.

    home - national association of neonatal nurses

    see you on the forums! welcome to allnurses!
  5. by   1MzDreamer
    THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR THE INFO, THAT IS VERY HELPFUL!! THANK YOU 4 TAKING YOUR TIME TO REPLY!! I FEEL VERY WELCOME HERE, THIS IS A FRIENDLY PLACE!! HAVE A GREAT DAY!! WOOHOO!![BANANA] [/BANANA]
  6. by   nurseangel47
    Hi and welcome Congrats to you in selecting a very honorable and devoted profession. Good luck in your educational pursuit. Have a safe and happy holiday! :icon_biggrin:
  7. by   MMBWRKNG40
    Shannon,

    It usually takes about 4 years - with the waiting list 2 years to get all of your prerequisites and 2 years to obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing.

    Good Luck and it is a very noble and needed career.

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