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Giving Nursing Students a Taste of NICU - page 8

So today I was wondering..... how well do we as NICU nurses best represent what NICU really is to nursing students? Too often, nursing students are abruptly dropped off at the NICU door, handed a... Read More

  1. Visit  HyperSaurus, RN profile page
    #78 2
    I realise this thread is old, but I just wanted to say that it is because of how I was treated as a student and the experiences I was allowed while in NICU that I pursued NICU as an RN.

    In my Peds/OB semester, I had a day observation as part of my peds practicum and ob practicum ( work with a feeder/grower). Then, while following a mother through her last month of pregnancy and delivery, I ended up watching the resuscitation, stabilization, and admission of the newborn to NICU. The nurses made it clear that I was free to watch (and hold the surfactant to warm it up) as long as I stayed out of the way. They were calm, professional, and kind to me. In my senior semester, when it came time to select our top picks for our internships, I wrote down NICU (even though it wasn't an option). I was the only one who did that, thus I got it. I spent 90 hours with an experienced RNC. We went on a transport, to two sections, and cared for a variety of babies. I did run afoul of some of the more territorial nurses ("Get away from my baby!"), but overall, it was an amazing and educational experience that I was incredibly lucky to have.

    As a new grad, I was hired to an adult med/onc with tele unit. It has been enjoyable (and incredibly stressful), but I didn't forget NICU. Medical just hasn't felt like my home or niche. There were recently several openings in NICU which I applied for. I was able to use my experiences as a student for my interview. I start in 5 weeks!

    As a side note, I was pleased to find out that since I did the first student internship there, there are several nurses who will take students now, an opportunity that did not exist before.
  2. Visit  prmenrs profile page
    #79 0
    Best wishes on your new gig!!
  3. Visit  ehankins profile page
    #80 2
    You wrote this so long ago, I doubt you will see this. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate nurses such as you incredibly. I am a junior nursing student and will never step foot into a NICU as a student. I crave more information about neonatal nursing but all I have been exposed to are well babies/labor&delivery/postpartum. When I ask nurses what it is like, I just get told that it is emotional/hard & some have even told me straight out not to do it. It's so disheartening because the whole reason I went into nursing is to become a neonatal nurse and I know so little about it.
  4. Visit  Guy in Babyland profile page
    #81 1
    Quote from ehankins
    When I ask nurses what it is like, I just get told that it is emotional/hard & some have even told me straight out not to do it. It's so disheartening because the whole reason I went into nursing is to become a neonatal nurse and I know so little about it.
    It can be emotional at times, but every specialty can have those moments. There are plenty of good moments that make it worth it. If NICU is your dream, then go for it. Don't let anyone discourage you. If you want to see what it is like to work in a NICU, call the NICU at Vanderbilt to see if you can do a job shadow or come see me at Kosair Children's Hospital on Louisville.
  5. Visit  ehankins profile page
    #82 0
    Thank you so much! I will definitely look into that!
  6. Visit  Maevish profile page
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    Quote from Bortaz, RN
    I got to spend a mere 4 days in NICU during my OB rotation, and luckily, I had a nurse to follow that fit your goal exactly. She gave me the best nursing experience that I'd yet encountered in a clinical rotation.

    I went into the semester with some interest in possibly going into NICU, but wasn't sure. I knew by then that I wanted to work in pedi at least. After working with this particular nurse, I was sold out to the NICU, and am still working toward accomplishing my goal of being placed there.

    On behalf of all the nervous and scared nursing students, thank you for caring.

    4 days?? I would think that was a long time anywhere (unless you were precepting)!! That was unheard of in both my nursing programs and I'm so jealous We got 1 or 2 days, I don't remember which, but weren't allowed to do much and were nervous the whole time (when I'm nervous I don't retain information well at ALL) and they were busy.

    A lucky duck is what you are So happy you had that experience!

    xo
  7. Visit  Maevish profile page
    #84 1
    Quote from Guy in Babyland
    It can be emotional at times, but every specialty can have those moments. There are plenty of good moments that make it worth it. If NICU is your dream, then go for it. Don't let anyone discourage you. If you want to see what it is like to work in a NICU, call the NICU at Vanderbilt to see if you can do a job shadow or come see me at Kosair Children's Hospital on Louisville.

    Don't let them discourage you before you even start! I didn't think I'd love Oncology as much as I did (I also said I'd never work ICU and here I am, 8 years later lol), but it was amazing. You'll never know unless you try and if you don't like it, then you'll have found that out on your own.

    Go for it!

    xo
  8. Visit  ScrubGirl88 profile page
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    Don't let anyone stop you! I was told the same thing, i am a Nicu Nurse now. I started my first job this past February after I graduated in December. I would say if its what you want look into cuddling programs and if your school offers a preceptorship in a specific unit try for Nicu or even L&D. I Cuddled in local Niuc's through school and I did my preceptorship in L&D and also got to spend a lot of time in the nursery which is not the same as the Nicu but I got to see what healthy little ones look like and do labs and give meds to them. This experience helped me get a job right out of school. Don't ever give up!!! We need more nurses that want the NICU not just nurses that want a job, its intense and so amazing to be apart of these little ones and their families.
  9. Visit  Bjames025 profile page
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    Hi Steven. I just found this thread and I know it's been a long time but I'm looking for some advice and encouragement. I'm about to graduate nursing school in 2 weeks and I've been offered a NICU job level 4! It's my dream job and I have so many emotions running through me. First off total excitement that all of my hard work has paid off and my dreams are coming true. I feel like the NICU is as close to a miracle and as close to God as you can get. I think it's a beautiful thing that NICU nurses do. Then once I get past the excitement the fear sets in. How do I know I'm ready, how do I know I'm capable, am I smart enough, what if something happens and I don't know what to do! 1 small mistake can mean life or death for these little ones. So I'm looking for some advice and encouragement for a soon to be new grad. Nicu nurse. Thank you !
  10. Visit  Guy in Babyland profile page
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    Have faith in the management and clinical educators. You will probably be given a long orientation (mine was 12 weeks). You will be given plenty of classroom time and preceptorship time to get you up to speed as a new nurse on the unit. Your preceptor(s) are the eyes and ears of management to determine if you are ready to be on your own. Post-orientation, you will be given low acuity babies. In addition, there will be experienced nurses around you when you need help. You will not be left to sink or swim on your own.
  11. Visit  Bjames025 profile page
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    Hi thank you for your response. My orientation is also that long. Your right. I think I'm just freaking out with being out on my own soon and no more clinical instructor by my side but I will have my preceptor and the management is really involved.

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