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ThePrincessBride, BSN, RN 37,027 Views

Joined Jun 13, '10 - from 'Somewhere'. She has '1 RN, 3 tech' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, NICU'. Posts: 1,968 (60% Liked) Likes: 5,195

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  • Sep 25

    I wouldn't even consider NP before working as a nurse. With the NP glut in my area, many places are demanding a minimum of 3-5 years of acute care before even considering hiring a nurse practitioner.

    I work as both a NICU and a med-surg nurse I hear from both sides how one couldn't work in the other specialty. I find med-surg to be 1000x more stressful and physically demanding,and the adult patients behave much more poorly than the babies. I can lift a baby with one hand/arm while it can take five or six people to turn a 600-pound patient. I don't have to worry about babies sneaking off and shooting up street drugs, and their fists and feet can't hurt me (though some of them have really sharp nails!).

    I find NICU to be much more rewarding (though occassionally heartbreaking) whereas in med-surg, I feel like a legalized drug dealer. After all, RN stands for refreshments and narcotics....right?

  • Sep 25

    I wouldn't even consider NP before working as a nurse. With the NP glut in my area, many places are demanding a minimum of 3-5 years of acute care before even considering hiring a nurse practitioner.

    I work as both a NICU and a med-surg nurse I hear from both sides how one couldn't work in the other specialty. I find med-surg to be 1000x more stressful and physically demanding,and the adult patients behave much more poorly than the babies. I can lift a baby with one hand/arm while it can take five or six people to turn a 600-pound patient. I don't have to worry about babies sneaking off and shooting up street drugs, and their fists and feet can't hurt me (though some of them have really sharp nails!).

    I find NICU to be much more rewarding (though occassionally heartbreaking) whereas in med-surg, I feel like a legalized drug dealer. After all, RN stands for refreshments and narcotics....right?

  • Sep 25

    I wouldn't even consider NP before working as a nurse. With the NP glut in my area, many places are demanding a minimum of 3-5 years of acute care before even considering hiring a nurse practitioner.

    I work as both a NICU and a med-surg nurse I hear from both sides how one couldn't work in the other specialty. I find med-surg to be 1000x more stressful and physically demanding,and the adult patients behave much more poorly than the babies. I can lift a baby with one hand/arm while it can take five or six people to turn a 600-pound patient. I don't have to worry about babies sneaking off and shooting up street drugs, and their fists and feet can't hurt me (though some of them have really sharp nails!).

    I find NICU to be much more rewarding (though occassionally heartbreaking) whereas in med-surg, I feel like a legalized drug dealer. After all, RN stands for refreshments and narcotics....right?

  • Sep 25

    I find it funny how so many people, particularly white and black Americans, claim to be part native when a vast amount of native Americans were wiped out with European diseases before so many interracial relationships and families could be established. In reality, the majority who claim it don't have it.

    That said, I think ethnicity can actually be relevant in medical history as certain ethnic backgrounds have a tendency to react differently to certain treatments from others. Problem is when HCPs get lazy and use stereotypes to create a care plan rather than individual data.

  • Sep 24

    I wouldn't even consider NP before working as a nurse. With the NP glut in my area, many places are demanding a minimum of 3-5 years of acute care before even considering hiring a nurse practitioner.

    I work as both a NICU and a med-surg nurse I hear from both sides how one couldn't work in the other specialty. I find med-surg to be 1000x more stressful and physically demanding,and the adult patients behave much more poorly than the babies. I can lift a baby with one hand/arm while it can take five or six people to turn a 600-pound patient. I don't have to worry about babies sneaking off and shooting up street drugs, and their fists and feet can't hurt me (though some of them have really sharp nails!).

    I find NICU to be much more rewarding (though occassionally heartbreaking) whereas in med-surg, I feel like a legalized drug dealer. After all, RN stands for refreshments and narcotics....right?

  • Sep 24

    I find it funny how so many people, particularly white and black Americans, claim to be part native when a vast amount of native Americans were wiped out with European diseases before so many interracial relationships and families could be established. In reality, the majority who claim it don't have it.

    That said, I think ethnicity can actually be relevant in medical history as certain ethnic backgrounds have a tendency to react differently to certain treatments from others. Problem is when HCPs get lazy and use stereotypes to create a care plan rather than individual data.

  • Sep 19

    I can't do overnight twelves. Tried it. Awful. 12 hour days, on the other hand...pure perfection.

  • Sep 19

    I am about ready to apply for an NNP program that allows people to matriculate without experience but you must have two years in a level three or four by the time clinicals roll around.

    NICU is such a niche and nursing schools barely touch on neonates. In a critical care setting with babies, it is crucial for the NNPs to know their stuff. I am somewhat terrified of starting with only 1.5 years of experience. I couldn't imagine being a nnp with no NICU experience.

  • Sep 10

    I am about ready to apply for an NNP program that allows people to matriculate without experience but you must have two years in a level three or four by the time clinicals roll around.

    NICU is such a niche and nursing schools barely touch on neonates. In a critical care setting with babies, it is crucial for the NNPs to know their stuff. I am somewhat terrified of starting with only 1.5 years of experience. I couldn't imagine being a nnp with no NICU experience.

  • Aug 30

    Quote from Erythropoiesis
    I LOVE baby head smell! Intoxicating little things. If OP can wait two years, I'll gladly take that understimulating job off her hands.
    Oh don't be fooled. Some baby farts smell so bad, it would make a grown man faint.

    But on those occasions where I do have time to cuddle, I love smelling their heads and letting their hands grab on to my fingers. And when those big eyes stare up at you...it is heartwarming.

  • Aug 30

    Quote from Erythropoiesis
    I LOVE baby head smell! Intoxicating little things. If OP can wait two years, I'll gladly take that understimulating job off her hands.
    Oh don't be fooled. Some baby farts smell so bad, it would make a grown man faint.

    But on those occasions where I do have time to cuddle, I love smelling their heads and letting their hands grab on to my fingers. And when those big eyes stare up at you...it is heartwarming.

  • Aug 30

    Quote from caliotter3
    There are undoubtedly many, many unemployed new and experienced nurses who would be grateful to have a job taking care of feeder/grower babies. They also have the humility that makes them welcome on a unit when they get their chance. Give these little babies your best and you will find yourself progressing, your efforts will be noticed.
    Yup! NICU is one of the hardest specialties to get into even with years of nursing experience. Even though most of my assignments have been feeder/growers with some bubble cpap, I still look forward to going in and "loving" on the babies. Plus taking care of 3-4 stable kids help with time management and prioritization and communicating with parents in less stressful situations.

  • Aug 30

    Quote from Erythropoiesis
    I LOVE baby head smell! Intoxicating little things. If OP can wait two years, I'll gladly take that understimulating job off her hands.
    Oh don't be fooled. Some baby farts smell so bad, it would make a grown man faint.

    But on those occasions where I do have time to cuddle, I love smelling their heads and letting their hands grab on to my fingers. And when those big eyes stare up at you...it is heartwarming.

  • Aug 29

    Quote from caliotter3
    There are undoubtedly many, many unemployed new and experienced nurses who would be grateful to have a job taking care of feeder/grower babies. They also have the humility that makes them welcome on a unit when they get their chance. Give these little babies your best and you will find yourself progressing, your efforts will be noticed.
    Yup! NICU is one of the hardest specialties to get into even with years of nursing experience. Even though most of my assignments have been feeder/growers with some bubble cpap, I still look forward to going in and "loving" on the babies. Plus taking care of 3-4 stable kids help with time management and prioritization and communicating with parents in less stressful situations.

  • Aug 29

    Quote from caliotter3
    There are undoubtedly many, many unemployed new and experienced nurses who would be grateful to have a job taking care of feeder/grower babies. They also have the humility that makes them welcome on a unit when they get their chance. Give these little babies your best and you will find yourself progressing, your efforts will be noticed.
    Yup! NICU is one of the hardest specialties to get into even with years of nursing experience. Even though most of my assignments have been feeder/growers with some bubble cpap, I still look forward to going in and "loving" on the babies. Plus taking care of 3-4 stable kids help with time management and prioritization and communicating with parents in less stressful situations.


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