I am considering applying for an internal transfer to my hospital's NICU unit. Right now I work on an adult medical/surgical floor specializing in stroke and neurological complications but we still see a large variety of patients. I feel like now is the time I'm ready to make the move to something that I have had my mind on since I started nursing school
. In comparison to other areas, I always found the neonate to be more interesting.
If I were to go to the NICU I have the understanding that I will have to learn everything all over again from the ground up as NICU is it's own world. I am ready to do that. What are the biggest challenges going from adult to neonate?
From what I've seen, many NICU nurses find the job very rewarding and interesting. But, I've also read about the occupational hazards of the NICU, primarily the radiation exposure. Does your NICU take any initiative to lessen your exposure to radiation? Is the exposure minimal or is it something that is as frequently encountered as in the cath lab? I know we are all exposed to radiation but I find that the talk of cancers and thyroid issues seems to be a theme on some NICU threads.
I'd appreciate any advice about going to the NICU.
Oct 20, '17
Can you link to any of the info you have read abut radiation in the NICU? I have never heard of this being a specific NICU concern.
Edit: Did a search, and found this thread
. It sounds like the concern is when NICU nurses don't wear lead when assisting with x-rays. In most NICUs, the nurses DO wear lead when in the x-ray field, and I would recommend that you do the same no matter what unit you work in!
Last edit by Julius Seizure on Oct 20, '17