New Grad+NICU

  1. in december i'll graduate from nursing school. i look online often at the surrounding hospitals for nicu jobs and hardly ever see any positions available. if there are some they require years of experience. my question is did anyone else have a hard time finding a job? i live in the houston, texas area so there are plenty of hospitals around. is that field not very demanding for new nurses? we have a job fair coming up at our school soon so hopefully i can get some direction there!

    thanks,
    amanda
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    It depends on the NICUs in your area. Many nurses stay in NICU for life once they are there. If they can fill their slots with experienced nurses, they are always going to do that first.
  4. by   BlueYYsRN
    Our NICU hires new grads. But be aware it is very demanding. What you learned in nursing school is only the basics of what you need to begin to learn to work in NICU. Usually you will have a certain amount of time back in the classroom when you start. Then you will be with a preceptor and our unit tries to assign buddies for a while once the new grads are off orientation. It is very demanding but very rewarding also. Good Luck!
  5. by   Manda049
    I would not mind class time or being precepted for a long time. Actually,that is what Im hoping for. Im sure it can be demanding. I volunteered in a Family Room inside a children's hospital for over a year. It was like a big house with 20 bedrooms. Parents who had kids in the Pediatric ICU or intensive care nurseries were allowed in the room and parents with the sickest babies were able to stay the night. Ive spent long hours talking and interacting with parents under much emotional and physical stress. Now, Id like to help their infants, that is, if I can find a job! =) Thanks for the replies.

    Amanda
  6. by   Bailarina
    Try Hermann Memorial, several people I graduated with went to work in their NICU as new grads. Good luck!
  7. by   Manda049
    Quote from Bailarina
    Try Hermann Memorial, several people I graduated with went to work in their NICU as new grads. Good luck!
    Ive been in contact with them. Im waiting to hear if they're going to offer an internship there in January. We'll see how it goes! Thanks for the reply!

    Amanda

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