I agree with the above post.
I came from Adult MS to NICU as well and it was a whole new world. You have to erase your brain from the adult world and aside from your 11 wk orientation (which is awesome, btw), I advice you read, read, read at home. The only thing I can honestly say I brought with me from the adult world was time management skills. Otherwise, it's a whole different world.
doesn't prepare you for this at all and so you are a student again. I checked out many books from our Education department, bought my own Neofax and did practice questions online as if I was studying for my RNC.
I really love the NICU and got a lot of praise and feeback from the experienced staff because I went beyond to learn what, why, when and how of NICU.
I worked nights as well and I always had a 'go to' nurse and asked way too many questions. The experienced nurses will be glad to share their experience and knowledge. Always double and triple check meds with other staff, look them up on the neofax etc.
Btw, I have never experienced teamwork as in the NICU. Admits are not your typical. There will be plenty of helping hands and you are never on your own roaming around like the floors.
Laslty, the ratios sound about right. Rarely I have takem 5 growers due to understaffing but for the most part 4 is the norm.
In level III, I never have more than 3 and that is one vent paired with others on bubble cpap or less.