How much schooling does it take to become a Neonatal Nurse??

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    I'm researching Neonatal nursing for a project, to see what I'm going to be getting into in the future. I found the amount of schooling needed to be a Doctor in the NICU...but not a nurse.. Any help would be much appreciated!!!
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    You just need to finish a nursing program (ADN, Diploma or BSN) and find a hospital willing to train you. There is no standard education after nursing school.
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    Thanks for the info!! I had read about the 14 or so years of MD NICU requirements...so thats why I was curious...so thanks again!!
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    In the UK we do 3yrs child or maternity nurse training and they pretty much accept you with that, but lots of people want to get into NNU so theres other courses you can do as extra....I'm going to do a year long introduction to neonates thing where you are placed in big units (40 cots) with a study day once a week and qualified nurse pay.
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    Quote from fergus51
    You just need to finish a nursing program (ADN, Diploma or BSN) and find a hospital willing to train you. There is no standard education after nursing school.
    hello ,
    i am interested in neonatal nursing also..... what is an ADN OR BSN ...?

    THANK YOU ...
    P.S.
    I AM NOT SO FAMILIAR WITH ALL THE DEGREES...
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    ADN= Associate's degree in nursing
    BSN= Bachelor's degree in nursing

    basically, it's just a college or university nursing program.
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    Quote from fergus51
    ADN= Associate's degree in nursing
    BSN= Bachelor's degree in nursing

    basically, it's just a college or university nursing program.
    oh ok thanks...
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    Where are you? I'm in Australia - you must be an RN first (3.5 years here) and then do a post grad course that lasts for a year fulltime.
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    What exactly do neonatal nurses do? (What tasks do they perform?)
    Last edit by OMFG ITS TMR on Feb 1, '06
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    Quote from **** ITS TMR
    How Much schol does it take to become a neonatal nurse?
    In the United States...

    You need to either go to a community college and get an Associate's degree in Nursing, or to a university and get a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. Then you take your state boards to get your RN. After that, you are able to work in a NICU - they will train you in neonatal care because you don't learn that in school. It's your choice whether you get the 2-year Associate's degree or the 4-year Bachelor's, as both are accepted in the NICU.

    For the most part, you cannot get your LPN (licensed practical nurse) and work in a NICU. Some LPNs still work in NICUs, but the vast majority of units will not hire new ones. It is an ICU, and they cannot perform all of the tasks necessary to independently care for the sicker babies.
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