Final year of Nursing school, wanting to be in the Neuro field

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    Im currently in last year of Nursing school, and I am fascinated with Neuro! I want to work in either the Neuro ICU or the Neuro med-surg floor.

    I was curious as to what special certifications are needed for this, if any? I have the basic CPR required for Nursing school, also I am only in an Associates program. Is a Bachelors required for this field? I plan on bridging to get my BSN, just not sure I wanted to do it right out of school. I am just trying to find information, because I live in such a small town there is very few resources. I will have to drive an hour for work to get to the nearest hospital that has a Neuro unit
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    Patient care just needs a nurse license. They don't care how you get it. They also don't pay more for a "higher" degree either. If you want to give up on touching patients for a living, sometimes you need a "higher" degree, but that's only because of a made-up rule somewhere.
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    You can get into Neuro ICU with an associate's degree in nursing. I don't know about your area, but where I live the neuro ICUs will hire new graduates fresh out of nursing school and train them to work neuro ICU if they will commit to working there for a certain period of time (usually around a year). Once you get your RN there are a lot of advanced certifications you can get, like CCRN, ACLS, etc that will advance your practice (and usually equate in more pay). Good luck!
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    Quote from savinglives33
    Im currently in last year of Nursing school, and I am fascinated with Neuro! I want to work in either the Neuro ICU or the Neuro med-surg floor.

    I was curious as to what special certifications are needed for this, if any? I have the basic CPR required for Nursing school, also I am only in an Associates program. Is a Bachelors required for this field? I plan on bridging to get my BSN, just not sure I wanted to do it right out of school. I am just trying to find information, because I live in such a small town there is very few resources. I will have to drive an hour for work to get to the nearest hospital that has a Neuro unit
    I did it and so can you! I only have my ASN by the way.. Good luck with everything!


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