i am a new adn graduate who really wanted to do nicu only and i too had no nursing/hospital experience. i decided to spend two months only applying for neonatal positions. fortunately, i applied one day and received a call the next day. i am now a nicu level iii nurse. i do believe you can have both short and long term goals. be realistic & optimistic, and give your dream a chance. in the meantime, as others have suggested, build your resume. volunteer, work with infants. do jobs that utilize the same skills in the nicu - assessments, shots, lines, etc. environments: icu & dialysis - critical patients that turn quickly; this experience will lend itself well when you interview for that nicu job. also, when you look at job postings for nicu, try to obtain all requirements listed outside of the nicu experience. and getting prepared for your position, you may want to review your newborn nursing book
. i am reading high-risk deliveries, assessments (normal baby), and feeding...start here and know well. this will help you during your interview and once you start your job.
i too was scheduled to begin school (bsn) jan 2012 and delayed it to look for a job, it all went well. now, i have decided to go directly to a msn program. i think it's great that you are continuing your education but you are able to go for the gusto directly...