adpiRN, BSN, RN 9,814 Views
Joined Nov 2, '08 - from 'South Carolina'.
She has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'L&D'.
Posts: 391 (29% Liked)
I was worried I'd be in for a shock if I ever worked in another NICU!
I'm on orientation at a level IV NICU. I'm loving it so far!!
One thing I was pleasantly surprised with was how much support from we have - jobs I assumed would be the RN's role other people take care of.
For example a PICC team changes PICC dressings, RTs are in the unit and adjust the ventilators (we can just give a little O2 boost or bring it back down as needed) We have a breast milk bank that mixes the bottles and syringes of mom's breast milk and measures out exact amount according to orders.
Is this common?
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.
That sounds accurate for a med-surg nurse.
I did L&D where you get 1 or 2 patients. It can be frantic in its own way though.
I work in the NICU now and it's so nice to have 1-3 patients and spend time talking to the families.
In the OR you only get one patient at a time. Of course you can't really talk to them much..
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.
And as for a unit to start with try for mother/baby or newborn nursery if possible!
But those can be tough to land for new grads (not as tough as NICU though)
Any ICU would be good too if you could get it.
Does that hospital not have ANY Peds or NICU?
If your only experience is adults you would not be hired PRN in Peds and DEFINITELY not NICU. So you should wait until your contract is up at the other hospital and you have your BSN and then apply for full time Peds positions.
NICU would be the most competitive and the most specialized. I actually just started in the NICU and I LOVE it so far!
NICU nurses sometimes float to PICU but not usually to general Peds.
Most NICU nurses I've met have no interests in working with anything other than neonates. Of course you could transition if you wanted if they gave you orientation.
What job were you hired for?
How much orientation did you get in OB?
Do you know if she's single?
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.
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.
Assuming you like to sleep, don't do this.
I think you've misunderstood the OP. I don't think she's saying that delivery is scarier than working in a NICU, I think she's saying what's scary is being the lone neonatal nurse with a sick 25 weeker.
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.
No, this terrifies me.
I work mother baby in a tiny hospital. They usually have 2 NICU nurses but when there are no babies they could have one nurse.
One day when that was the case a 25 weeker came into triage and had to be stat sectioned for abruption. Not a good day for that nurse.
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