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EricJRN, MSN, RN 26,661 Views

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Nurse Educator; from TX , US
Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in NICU

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  • Jan 9

    You may want to pose this question in your state's forum as well. Each state's board of nursing is involved in scope of practice/delegation issues.

  • Jan 9

    I think everyone has slightly different ideas on what those descriptors mean. While I would agree with you, it's probably better to stick to more objective stuff, like GCS as Gwenith suggests. If you tell us that the pt withdraws an extremity with painful stimuli, then we're all pretty much on the same page.

  • Jan 7

    EC grads,

    Post your year of graduation and your specialty/specialties. I'll go first:

    I've been a Level II/III Neonatal ICU nurse since graduation in January '06.


    Update 4/2018: I've worked for a large Level IV neonatal ICU since 2009, where I've had bedside and staff development (educator) roles. I went back and finished the EC MS Nursing Education program in 2015. I'm a pediatric clinical instructor for a BSN program and I am applying to Ph.D. programs right now.

  • Dec 4 '17

    I moved your post to the Nursing Career Advice Forum for more responses. You're right that the first step is to complete a nursing program. After that, you would apply for jobs on a mother/baby unit (also known as a postpartum unit).

    Most specialty certification exams require at least one year of full-time practice in a given area, so that usually isn't part of acquiring your first job.

  • Aug 1 '17

    I wish I could remember what I got on the self-assessment, but it was over a year ago. I'll tell you that I passed the exam without any faculty experience (now I am an adjunct but at the time I wasn't). I didn't think the exam was too bad, but I tend to do okay on tests.

    I remember looking at a detailed test blueprint on the website and then taking the self-assessment. After that, I knew there were some areas that I should go back and study. For example, I knew from the blueprint that there would be some item analysis questions and we had discussed that only briefly in my master's program. I still had access to a lot of my grad school textbooks, so that helped.

    As I understand it, there's no set minimum score on the actual exam because there are multiple versions of the exam in circulation at any one time, so it's a fancy psychometric calculation that determines the passing score for that test form.

    Good luck to you!

  • Jun 22 '17

    It's a good question... for some people, A&O x 3 would indicate a completely normal orientation, while for some A&O x 3 means they aren't oriented to event. Sometimes have to rely on context or, ideally, stop and clarify.

  • Jun 1 '17

    It's two names for the same thing. There are huge variations in acuity and capabilities among NICUs, but the names (NICU, ICN, etc) don't tell you anything about the acuity. I've also worked in a high-risk nursery (HRN), which was yet another name for a NICU. We have to make this stuff as confusing as possible.

    Good luck to you!



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