Hello all! So I have recently made the change from adult med surg to NICU. I was on my previous unit for almost 4 years and needless to say I loved my coworkers but the patient population began to change drastically (not in the best way). I've always had a desire to care for moms and babies or just sick babies in general. My job had a posting for NICU I took it and applied for the job and now I'm here!! I'm excited but I feel like I'm way in over my head. I'm week 3 of orientation and I feel like I don't know a thing. I went home feeling absolutely terrible the other day because I don't know anything. I guess it's more frustrating than anything else. How long does it take to feel the slightest bit comfortable. My assignment changes every day so I also feel like I don't see any progression. It's just frustrating. I'm terrified of failing. Did I make a mistake switching units!?! Any advice on how to get through this and become a great NICU nurse would be appreciated. Thanks!
NICU is a whole different world than adults. You are going to feel like you are a new grad and know nothing. Just have confidence in the system. For me as a new grad, it took 18 months to 2 yrs to feel totally comfortable. For you to feel somewhat comfortable, 6 months to a year. Hopefully, you have plenty of experienced nurses to help you through the transition when you are on your own.
Glad someone made this post. I've been thinking of a total change of from Med Surg to NICU. Bumping for my input and advice from others!!