Just got hired as a new grad!

  1. Hi all! I'm graduating this December and just got hired as a new grad in a Level IV NICU! They have an excellent orientation process in the residency program, and they'll start me out in Intermediate Care and work me up to Intensive Care, but I want to do all I can before I begin in a few months to prepare. Any tips at all? Reference textbooks I should purchase? What to focus on before I start? Any information would be super helpful!

    SO excited to join the NICU family!! This has been my dream since I was a kid and I am so blessed to finally have that dream come true!
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  3. by   NurseKait_11
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    Congratulations on your new position!!
    I graduated in May and also got accepted in a Level IV NICU as a new grad, starting in October! I am so, so excited but nervous! I am an L and D girl at heart but I loved the beautiful unit when I toured, the nurses seemed to really like their job and I really feel like this is where I am supposed to be at the start of my career. I feel so excited and honored to be caring for these little ones and join the ranks of the NICU nurses!
    Good luck to you! Hopefully you get some good tips!
  4. by   preciouspkgs
    Congrats y'all! I just got hired into a level IIIB NICU, graduated Aug 24 just waiting for my license and start October 23 (and I am moving across the country to take it!).
    Anyway, the book that the NICU director suggested to me to study before I start is :
    Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing 5th edition, by Verklan/Walden

    Its pretty intense but great info. I don't know about you all, but I'm terrified lol. Nursing school doesn't really give you anything that applies to NICU.
    Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, 5e (Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing (AWHONN)): 97832322598: Medicine & Health Science Books @ Amazon.com
  5. by   bsnorbust17
    Oh my gosh you're so right, I agree! I love the NICU because of the patients and their families, but I feel like I'm walking into a job with no preparation because nursing school really doesn't touch on neonatal! I'm sure we'll do great though, everyone has to start somewhere! Best of luck to you, and thank you for the book recommendation!
  6. by   Guy in Babyland
    I purchased Merenstein & Gardner’s "Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care", 7th Edition

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