I recently graduated with my BSN in May 2012 and passed my NCLEX on June 26th. I have been applying to jobs since April and finally got a call from the Nurse Manager of a level III NICU in the hospital where I have been working now for a year. I applied for the position on Wednesday and got a call a few hours later that same day. (I think that's a good sign)
The NICU nurse manager already knows me because she and the L&D manager interviewed me for my externship position last summer. I am employed as a Patient Care Tech in Labor & Delivery and I was also the Nurse Extern on L&D last summer. Besides L&D... I also have experience in a preceptorship in the PICU which was part of my clinicals for my last semester of senior year. The experience I had with infants in this critical care setting as well as my experience with newborns in L&D and postpartum has strengthened my desire to pursue a career as an RN in NICU.
This is truly my dream job and I would love nothing more than to work in NICU.
I had my interview on Friday with the nurse manager and think it went really well, but I am nervous about my qualifications and wonder if she might decide to pick an experience nurse (in any setting) over a new grad.
So I was wondering if there is anyone out there who has gotten a position in NICU as a new grad... and if you wouldn't mind sharing how you got there. ???
I have already written and sent a thank you letter to the manager and I am crossing my fingers! She said she still has three more people to interview and would probably be hiring someone after the fourth of July...