New Grad NICU Support Thread - page 10

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Calling all New Grad NICU nurses...thanks to a thread started by NurseDevonL, we have decided to start a support group. Hopefully some of our more experienced NICU nurses will look in every so often to lend some support and... Read More


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    Wow its great hearing about all the new grad's job positions in the NICU. Hearing everyones stories makes me even more excited to finally graduate. I also wish to work in the NICU right after I pass my boards. However, I am still in my last semester of nursing school and I am precepting in a adult medsurg unit b/c it was the only thing available for me. Do I have a chance to win my first nursing job in the NICU if i havent precepted in one ??
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    Quote from MsJade
    Wow its great hearing about all the new grad's job positions in the NICU. Hearing everyones stories makes me even more excited to finally graduate. I also wish to work in the NICU right after I pass my boards. However, I am still in my last semester of nursing school and I am precepting in a adult medsurg unit b/c it was the only thing available for me. Do I have a chance to win my first nursing job in the NICU if i havent precepted in one ??
    You can absolutely get a job without prior experience in the NICU. A lot of NICU managers are aware that we do not get a lot of exposure to the NICU during nursing school. Honestly, I have only been a NICU nurse for 7 months and I have already forgotten much of the "adult" stuff I learned in nursing school. I had to relearn so many things and it is like a whole different world. It has been extremely challenging and I am just ready for it all to click..the seasoned RN's tell me that won't happen until I have been working for 2-3 years!

    I have also talked to nurses who started in other areas prior to working in the NICU. They said it was pretty hard to shift their thinking to neonates because it was so different, however their time management was already ingrained. Good luck and if NICU is really where you want to work, I say go for it! It the passion for your job that will get you back to work after a hard shift.
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    I need help moving to Miami so I can be closer to family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP! Ok so I work in Maryland right now, started in NICU as a new grad earing $27 an hour as base rate. Now that I have 1 year experience I want to work in a NICU in Florida...what are the chances of me earning $27 in Miami area having the one year experience and being able to talk and write fluently in Spanish?
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    Oh and I want a NICU RN position of course. So does anyone recommend any good hospitals to work in Miami.
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    I graduated in may and haven't been able to find a job yet. NICU is definatly where I want to end up and I talked to the nurse recruiter at children's hospital, she told be to even be considered make sure my cover letter was "all about the babies" and how I would care for them. Can anyone please help with putting this cover letter together? I'm kinda lost when it comes to writing it. Thanks!
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    Greetings all!! I am in my last semester of nursing school, and I just accepted a GN position in the level III NICU that I currently work in as a tech- I cannot wait to read all of the tips and support on here!
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    Hello everyone!

    I graduated with my BSN in May, passed my NCLEX-RN exam in July and was hired at a level III hospital center in NYC this past week! It is a NICU position and I am extremely grateful, nervous, and excited. I don't start for a couple of weeks but I am so glad this thread was created because hopefully it can decrease some of my anxiety. Anyone have any advice for a new grad NICU nurse?

    Thanks, hope to hear from someone soon!
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    My advice: Ask questions! If you don't know/understand something...ASK! Never assume anything with those babies.
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    Thank you. I will definitely remember to ask lots of questions!
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    Just wanted to share...I was accepted to do my final practicum in a level 3 NICU at our children's hospital. I am super excited and NERVOUS. I start in 3 months and so looking forward to it!!!
    Bortaz, RN likes this.


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