Hi I am doing a project for HOSA at my tech center. I need some information on neonatal nursing. What would be five strengths and weaknesses of this career? What education, training, and credentialing do you need? I also need a summary or information of a professional associations that serve and represent this career. Please answer? Thanks Taylor
Jan 27, '09
You can look up NANN online to find an organization.
Strengths of NICU nurses
Jan 29, '09
NANN (National Association of Neonatal Nurses) nann.org
ANN (Academy of Neonatal Nursing) academyonline.org
5 Strengths (probably the same as the previous poster):
particular (to the point of perfectionism in many)
protective of our babies (or patients)
that perfectionism I mentioned before can sometimes be a bad thing
Well, that's all I can come up with for now.
As for working as neonatal nurse... it probably depends on the location. I have an associate's degree in nursing (licensed RN). Working in the NICU is my first nursing job, but some places want nurses to have some experience in med-surg (probably a year or two). I am CPR certified, as well as NRP (neonatal resuscitation) certified (a big deal when you work with infants).
And my orientation was about 5 months long! The standard in the unit where I work is 16 weeks when you already have your RN license (I didn't have mine when I started so my orientation didn't technically start until I had my license in hand and could do nursing skills legally in IL).
Hope that helps!