Hello everyone, I figured I would pose this situation to the All Nurses community and see what everyone thinks about my situation and what I should do.
So here is the scenario, I am a young nurse who recently graduated (Spring 2011) and out of school the only RN position I was offered was in Pedi/Adolescent Psych which I have been doing since Sept. 2011. Prior to this I worked as a CNA/Tech in a Pediatric ER (a job I loved but there were no positions available for me when I graduated). The psych. hospital I work at now is a part of the same healthcare organization as my previous hospital so my seniority transferred (another reason why I took the job.) Let me say that I like my new job now, my co-workers and management are great, I'm definitely learning a lot, the hours and scheduling is pretty good and it's a fairly low-stress job but I know that psych nursing isn't where my heart is set for the long term. I don't get the same rush of excitement that I used to get from my old job, I love being a nurse but this setting just isn't that exciting for me.
So here is why I posted this on the NICU forum, while psych. nursing hasn't been my dream I have always wanted to be a NICU nurse. I do realize that I am amongst a HUGE number of people who want to be a NICU nurse and the fact that I don't have any related nursing experience puts me a disadvantage. I honestly don't know what to do in order to break into this area of nursing, there is one hospital in my area (about 1 hour away) that has an 80 bed, Level III NICU but is very difficult to get into (you basically have to be a current employee and then transfer from a Mother-Baby unit to get in.) I am looking into bigger cities up to 2 hours away (that's as far as I could travel) and I do see opportunities but I don't know what I should do. I don't want to leave my current job yet because I just started not that long ago and I don't want to be seen as "using them" until I can get something better. And yet I'm afraid that if I wait too long in this position I will be marked permanently as a "Psych Nurse" and not be seen as a potential candidate for a NICU position.
I realize that this is a very long post but what I am basically trying to find out is this...
- As a new grad. nurse with less than 1 year of experience (inpatient psych.) what should I do in order to better my chances at getting a NICU position?
- At what point should I be trying to actively pursue a NICU nurse position?
Jan 4, '12
I would apply now! My hospital hired me as a new grad into the NICU. I think it really all depends on the job market in your area. Everything within the NICU is so specific and unlike anything I learned in school, so I received a very good orientation. In addition, most educators will always take in account your past experience and help tailor your orientation. Some fields that would help to try of you have a passion but can't quite get our foot in the door is any pediatric unit or some mother baby or special care nursery experience. Good luck, Nicu is a wonderful place, I couldn't see myself doing anything different.
Last edit by Backtoyou2011 on Jan 4, '12
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