I have decided to start the process of becoming a Neonatal NP, however, my research says I have to have 2 years NICU experience. I've been a RN for 15 months and the NICU has always been my calling, but I've not been able to get a job on the unit as of yet. I've been told that they are only seeking experienced NICU nurses...my question is how to gain experience without having experience? I've even been told we take New Grads...so of course I fall in the middle of no longer being considered a New Grad and not having experience.
I believe the NICU is where God called me to be so I'm still pursuing my passion but I just wanted to know from the experienced NICU RNs any advice to get my foot in the door. I'm willing to work my way up and I'm very eager to learn. It just feels like a slap in the face to hear we hire New Grads and are you sure you have to have 2 years NICU experience to get your NP? I'm not giving up but I wanted to reach out to my Allnurses family because I know I'll get such great advice on how to proceed.
Thanks for everything,