How to become an NICU nurse

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    I am a high school senior and I know that I want to be a NICU nurse. I feel that this is were I am called to work and I have a very strong compassion for babies. What do I need to do in order to become an NICU (what training do I need), is there anything I can do now to become more familiar with the NICU, would it be best to take a two or four year college course(any college recommendations), what is the normal shifts for an NICU nurse,what is a daily shift like, fianlly is it easy to be an NICU nurse and a mother? Please provide me with any information on being an NICU nurse and the required training. I'll appreciate it so much!!!
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    I read your post and we are so much alike!! I myself am 18 (I graduated when I was 16) and am also in determination to become an RN and work in the NICU!!! I have a baby boy named Ryden, who was born July 6, 2003, and he wasn't supposed to be born until September 26, 2003. Ryden was 12 weeks early and weighed only 2 lbs 9.5 oz, and was 15 inches long. He was in the NICU for 74 long days, and after all that had happend to me, I had found myself wanting and needing to become a nurse in the NICU. I learned all of the terms and even began doing things with Ryden that the nurse would do!
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    After having Ryden my life had changed, before I wasn't so sure what I wanted to do for a career, and now after seeing and being there to witness every little thing a baby has to offer I too am going to go to school to become a nurse in the NICU. Please E-Mail me so we can talk and discuss more about this, I have a lot of info saved up, and would love to hear from you soon!! RydenTate@aol.com
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    I'm glad you both want to become nurses. My first job as an RN was in the NICU. I loved it! When my husband and I moved, the nearest NICU was 80 miles. Instead, I worked in CCU, and after many years progressed to work in OB/nursery.

    You first want to complete your nursing education. Then, I would look at the requirements established by whatever institution you would want to work. I would do this in your last year of your nursing program. You could talk to the nurse recruiter at the instituition. Hope this helps.
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    I'm glad you both want to become nurses. My first job as an RN was in the NICU. I loved it! When my husband and I moved, the nearest NICU was 80 miles. Instead, I worked in CCU, and after many years progressed to work in OB/nursery.

    You first want to complete your nursing education. Then, I would look at the requirements established by whatever institution you would want to work. I would do this in your last year of your nursing program. You could talk to the nurse recruiter at the instituition. Hope this helps.

    i'm graduating in may and i have an interview for a new grad position in an nicu coming up, any advice? i really want this job.
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    I would suggest you all search for these topics within the nicu forum... There have been several great threads on these topics over the last few months!

    Good Luck...


    Stephen


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