I've been offered a new grad position in NICU/Peds. Does anyone have any info on starting out in either of these specialties? I decided to forgo starting in medsurg because I prefer to work where I am passionate and if I'm wrong, medsurg will always be there waiting for me.
May 23, '11
Hi Missy! I'm right here with you! I've been out of nursing school
for about 14 months and have spent that time a a pediatric clinic and I've also spent those summer months at a Christian sports camp for 13-18 year olds, working as an RN. Now I've been offered a job in NICU, which is where my heart is. I'd also like some "starting out" tip/hints/idea, etc....
Good Luck! I hope you love it!!!!!
May 31, '11
I graduated a year ago and started off in a level II NICU and then moved to a larger city to work in a level III NICU. I was very grateful for my level II experience as a new grad because I felt I was a lot more prepared for the level III experience. Being a new grad anywhere is difficult...you just have to go with the flow and never be afraid to ask questions. I know it sounds cliche, but I've seen some new grads afraid to ask questions and then making a terrible mistake.
If NICU/peds is where your interest is, then I would say go for it! You've got a long career ahead of you so you've got lots of time to try out different areas of nursing
Jun 2, '11
words of advice- please ask questions- if you aren't sure about something- ask !
find 1 or 2 experienced nurses that you admire, respect and feel comfortable with - let them be your role model and help you along the way.. you can learn alot from them
there is a great deal to learn, it is never ending- (it's a good thing)
please learn the basics before wanting to jump in and take on the vents, code pinks, etc.
Jun 5, '11
Im a new grad in CA and I LOVE the NICU. I did my preceptorship in a local level III NICU and I want to go directly into NICU instead of med/surg if possible. Where do you guys live that you were able to get a new grad job in a NICU? I am having trouble finding the opportunity out here.
Jun 8, '11
Hello! I'm a GN about to start in NICU, i'm very excited and nervous. Any advice? we didn't learn too much about this area in school, but it's where i know i want to be. Good luck to the rest of you starting out!
Jun 13, '11
Hello I am starting the nursing program at University of Southern Nevada in July. I was wondering if it is difficult to get a job in NICU? I do not have an internship during this program so I am worried that it will be difficult for me to find a job after graduation.
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