Curious...any of you guys considering Peds/PICU/NICU? - page 5

I am a NICU/PICU/Peds RN, and have been out of school for almost 2 years in the legendary "real world." I have had the chance to precept several guys in nursing school over the last year in PICU and... Read More

  1. by   chevyv
    My first born was at Childrens with a heart defect. He was 3 days old when he had his first open heart. There was this male nurse that looked just like a biker. He was tall, heavier set, long hair.. you get the picture. I was afraid he would crush my tiny newborn! I couldn't have been more wrong. He was the most gentle, kind, and compassionate nurse I had ever met. He was always calm, even when they pulled my sons RA line which snagged in his heart and he started bleeding out! He would reposition my newborn and watch his sats and decide Trevor (my son) didn't like laying on that side today. He would calmly reposition him. I was a CNA at the time but this was my baby. I learned how to be calm and perform well with not only my patients, but also my children. I will never forget that wonderful angel that cared for my son in the PICU (all cardiac post surgs went to PICU instead of NICU, until they were weaned off the many pumps). For all of you guys out there that are interested, Go For It! You'll make a difference in more than one life.
  2. by   malenurse122879
    I graduated in May and I've been working NICU since June Love it.. wouldnt work with old people ever... lol
  3. by   corbinRN
    Hi guys! I'm in nursing school in NC right now in an ADN program. I haven't had me peds rotation yet, but I am looking forward to it next semester. I just really love kids and have been thinking about PICU or NICU. Hopefully I'll get to have a rotation in both. Right now I am a CNA and I applied for a job at the PICU at Pitt County Memorial Hospital here in town.
    Does anyone know a description of what CNAs do in a PICU setting?
  4. by   william4930
    I will sit for the boards soon and I am definately applying for NICU positions. I love working with children. The smaller the better. I was sold when I saw how small neonate's diapers are.
  5. by   gayb77
    peds is my dream! either picu or oncology/hematology. its hard to get info on how to get into it though. If anyone has any advice please send it my way. i am a second year adn-grad 2009
  6. by   cdunnahoe
    I have one year left and I want NICU or Pedi's as soon as I graduate. This was my primary reason for going into nursing.
  7. by   ButterPeacanRican
    Quote from SteveRN21
    So tell me guys, would you every REALLY consider pediatrics, NICU, or PICU as a place you'd work after nursing school?
    Actually i would love to work in the NICU after graduation but i'm kinda of scared. I graduate in may and i work on L&D as a clerk so i might stay on L&D after graduation, but NICU is a passion for me so i hope i do get the courage to work there after alittle experience.
  8. by   blabberbrain
    I loved my experience in the NICU and nursery. During our OB rotation, I was always volunteering to go to the nursery. Given the chance, I would absolutely got to NICU or the nursery.

    Peds? I'll tell you in two weeks, we begin our Peds rotation next week.
  9. by   Bortaz, RN
    I take my final exam on my peds rotation tomorrow. It's been a tough (lecture) class, but I loved the clinical aspect of it. So much, in fact, that I've already begun talking up the department manager over the PICU, hoping to do my preceptorship there (or even on the general peds floor).

    I was already leaning towards nicu/picu/peds, and my clinical experience this semester just cemented that decision.


    Start OB on 10/20.
  10. by   erik4026
    I am interested in NICU, when i did my peds rotation last year i was on a step-down like nicu unit and really enjoyed, i have since wanted to either work in nicu or burn ( i know quite different)...but can you give me advice on where new grads are able to start in a Level III nicu b/c i am also interested in NNP (so i know i need 2 years of level 3)
  11. by   hayven1
    This sounds like a very interesting area to definitely work in.I think it takes alot of courage and professionalism in general to work in this area.
  12. by   PacoUSA
    Sorry for digging up this thread, but I felt like it had my name written all over it

    Been interested in pediatrics since I myself was a young boy, and after a few diversions I am back on track with my dream. For the last 5 years I have been working in education and absolutely love working with kids. But I know my heart is not in education, and working with kids as a nurse is where I should be. I have particularly been interested in NICU as my 1st choice for a very long time, especially since I was a preemie and have another family member go through the same experience as a parent of one. I have recently discovered that PICU is another specialty I find interest in. I am in the process of deciding between a couple of accelerated BSN program offers, I can't wait to start!!
  13. by   Bortaz, RN
    Quote from Bortaz, RN
    I take my final exam on my peds rotation tomorrow. It's been a tough (lecture) class, but I loved the clinical aspect of it. So much, in fact, that I've already begun talking up the department manager over the PICU, hoping to do my preceptorship there (or even on the general peds floor).

    I was already leaning towards nicu/picu/peds, and my clinical experience this semester just cemented that decision.


    Start OB on 10/20.
    Heh, been in NICU for 1.5 years now, so I guess I changed my mind about PICU. :P

    Best decision I ever made, though. Absolutely love it.

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