So I'm a nursing student (I know, I know, but hear me out) who wants to work in the NICU and eventually go on to become a Neo-natal nurse practitioner.
My problem is that I hear that getting a job as a NICU nurse is extremely challenging. The grad school I intend to apply to requires ONE year of employment in the NICU. I don't think I will be able to get that one year experience at a decent time (like within three years).
I was wondering are there other ways to enter the NICU? Can a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner work as a Neo-natal nurse practitioner? And do you have any tips as to how to get into the field? I currently work as a PCA for an Orthopedics floor and Med-Surg floor, but I plan to apply to a Children's hospital in May.