this Neonatal part of the site contains so much information, I really don't know where to start!! In reading as much of it as I have, though, I am wondering if anybody has ever heard of a hospital staffing LPNs in their NICUs? I haven't signed up to go to RN school yet, and I really want to know more about the Neonatal part of nursing before I decide if more schooling is my next step. Any suggestions besides calling every hospital in the area? (which would only leave me with a few options-I live in Tiny Town, USA) Thanks much!!:roll
This nurse had a stressful day and is very tired. Going to sleep on this.:zzzzz
May 17, '03
by NICU_Nurse, ASN
We haven't even gotten to 3000 posts yet! Try looking in Off-Topic. It's absolutely impossible to read everything!
Are you working as an LPN now? I don't know about working in a Level III NICU (my unit does not hire LPN's for LIII), but perhaps you could get a job in a Level II NICU, or in the well-baby nursery? My hospital, and others that I am aware of, *does* hire LPN's for both of those nurseries. Obviously, though, your options may be limited in the town that you currently live in. I live in a pretty large metro area in the South, and we have at least 10-15 well baby nurseries, 10-15 Level II nurseries, and at least 4-5 Level III nurseries, so this means a lot of job opportunities within a sixty-mile radius. Don't forget that "neonatal" includes ALL newborns, not just those needing intensive care! Just about every hospital delivers babies, and all those babies need nurses. If you aren't able to get a position working in the NICU, perhaps you might consider the "healthy" nursery? Surely some of the hospitals in your area have those, and you could always call and explore your options.
Welcome to the boards! Let us know if you have any questions, okay?
Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Aug 18, '03