When I started in NICU...I had to work day shift!
And I'm a night person thru, and thru. I even went to school nites! But...Lord I had the nerve to be late my first day...
My preceptor... kept
me in Level III
the whole dang time...I was being precepted!!!
! She thought she was hurting me...and she made me feel dumb..everyday single day I was with her! But ya know what...she helped me ....and didn't even realize it...:chuckle! When my buddy who came in the unit with me, and I went on nites....she and some of her cronies...were taking bets about the babies not making it thru the nite with us caring for them! NEVER
lost a baby.... ..at least not on my shift...Thank God
Now I must include...that my buddy...had a wonderful
preceptor...who treated her very well indeed! I was green around the gills to say the least! They even went to lunch together...and :chuckle as they worked!
I said that to say this...don't be intimidated by those who may not want, or feel you should be in a NICU! As I'm sure there will be someone who does feel the way my preceptor did.
There are plenty
of areas that allow LV/PNS to work in all areas of NICU...not just feeders. So go for what you want...and go where they will allow you to do...everything you're capable of learning to do. In Texas...you should have no problem doing this, as LVNs have very little restrictions...really except for what "a few" hospitals place on them. There are hospitals in DFW area...Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Brownsville, and others...where LVNs work...doing total care for Critical care pts. Also worked NICU in S. C....and was never restricted either! Not even when I worked at MUSC!