Hello. I'm a new PCA with the ultimate career goal of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. I would love to work in the neonatal area/ mother's unit as soon as possible. I have absolutely no experience with prenatal or post-delivery situations. I've gotten calls from more general areas within the hospital (cardiology, oncology, med-surg) but I would )love your opinions on how to improve my job marketability and to specialize it more towards babies and their mothers. I've thought of a few things that I could do (doula training, lamaze classes, breastfeeding classes, job shadowing, volunteering) and was wondering if you had any other ideas. I would also like to know what you think about an adult job shadowing on a regular basis (maybe once a month). I've only had experiences with job shadowing when I was in high school. Is is acceptable for an adult to do this? Thank you for any help!!
Jul 12, '11
Yes, it is okay for adults to job shadow. You just have to find a willing nurse (to shadow) and unit manager/director that will okay it. I job shadowed before I decided to go to nursing school to become a nurse, and I was well beyond high school and even college (as I have another degree in a different field).