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adpiRN, BSN, RN 9,553 Views

Joined Nov 2, '08 - from 'South Carolina'. She has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'L&D'. Posts: 389 (29% Liked) Likes: 241

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  • Jul 24
  • Jul 24

    30 isn't even close to old.
    I'm a nursing instructor and have had several students in their 30s and 40s. I was 28 when I became a nurse.

  • Jul 23

    30 isn't even close to old.
    I'm a nursing instructor and have had several students in their 30s and 40s. I was 28 when I became a nurse.

  • Jul 23

    30 isn't even close to old.
    I'm a nursing instructor and have had several students in their 30s and 40s. I was 28 when I became a nurse.

  • Jul 23

    30 isn't even close to old.
    I'm a nursing instructor and have had several students in their 30s and 40s. I was 28 when I became a nurse.

  • Jul 23

    30 isn't even close to old.
    I'm a nursing instructor and have had several students in their 30s and 40s. I was 28 when I became a nurse.

  • Jul 22

    If you can get an internship in the NICU as a new grad do it!

    All the new grads hired to my NICU were student externs there.

  • Jul 20
  • Jul 20

    3.25 years.

    I was lucky and got L&D as a new grad.
    If I was in med-surg I may not have made it a year...

    After about 2 years I was pretty sure L&D wasn't for me. Very frantic pace and stressful with not knowing what's going to walk in the door or how that baby might come out.
    But I felt a bit trapped because I was on day shift.
    I stuck it out for another year and glad I did just to have that on my resume.

    In the end I left after I had a baby and we moved.

    I stayed home for 2 years, floated between 2 PRN jobs in L&D (again confirming it's not for me) and mother/baby and teaching maternity clinical for a nursing school.

    I just started a new job last week. NICU! So far I love it! I have to pinch myself because I can't believe how lucky I am to get a part-time day shift job in a great level IV NICU.
    I hope it's a job I'll have for many years - if I left it would likely be to switch to PRN status, maybe transfer to another unit in the children's hospital, or start a travel nurse career.

  • Jul 20
  • Jul 17

    Quote from shermrn
    adpiRn, BSN, RN. Apparently I did misunderstand the point you were trying to make. Regardless, I offered encouragement and support as you start work in the NICU. Your only response of "Yep exactly !" shows exactly what kind of person you are. Good luck.
    Well that was a little uncalled for...

    I do appreciate the support of everyone on this board, even if I didn't respond to each individual post.
    Thanks everyone!
    First day on the floor tomorrow!

  • Jun 30

    Oh and another addiction I have is buying ID badge reels from Etsy. I have 4 and I've pinned like 50 more I want onto Pinterest. Lol.

  • Jun 21

    My background is high risk L&D at a large teaching hospital.
    Right now I work mother/baby in a small hospital.
    When I told my colleagues that I got a job in a busy level IV NICU in a teaching hospital the reactions were mixed..
    Some seemed happy, some seemed concerned for me. "Have you ever worked NICU before?" was a question I got a lot. No but I'm very interested in it and motivated to learn and they're going to give me 10 weeks of orientation and start me out slow. Nurses change specialities all the time not sure why this is such a radical idea.
    A lot of comments about how that will be a different world and really challenging.
    Yeah I know. But I came from a teaching hospital and feel a lot more comfortable in that environment where you always have backup.
    At my current hospital we had a 25 week triage patient get stat sectioned for an abruption. There was ONE NICU nurse there and the neonatologist rushed in from home. Baby was stabilized but died the next day. THAT is a lot scarier place to me than a busy level IV NICU.
    Sorry for the vent.
    Just curious if others had similar experiences when they told other nurses they wanted to do NICU.
    I know NICU is not for everyone and can be a very intimidating place.
    It's shaken my confidence a bit though. Am worried that it will end up being too much for me which would be sad since this is my dream job and am really excited.

  • Jun 17

    Assuming you like to sleep, don't do this.
    Good luck!

  • Jun 17

    Congrats!
    I start in the NICU in July.
    I'm reading the Merenstein and Gardner textbook, the Preemies book (written for parents but lots of good well explained info) and the STABLE textbook.
    I also have two books about the NICU - Fragile Beginnings and the Lazarus Case.
    The documentary Little Man is great and paints a good picture of the NICU and the worst case scenario of life after the NICU.
    I also bought cards on Amazon with NICU info to hang on my badge.


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