New Grad NICU Support Thread - page 15

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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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    Hi everyone! I had an interview today in the NICU and I think that it went really well! The manager said I should hear from them in the next few weeks. Does anyone have any thoughts on if I should send a thank you letter or email? I wasn't sure...
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    I took STABLE, cardiac STABLE, and NRP right out of school. I did not have trouble keeping up. I would suggest getting the books ahead of time and reviewing though.
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    It is great to read everyone's comments and soak up suggestions given here. I am currently fulfilling my pre-reqs and hope to get into my nursing program starting in Fall 2012. I am very passionate about pregnancy and babies and my eventual goal is either NICU or L&D. So exciting to be starting school again
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    Same here dkmamato3
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    I know this thread is basically for New Grads in search of information about NICU, but I want to know if there are any hospitals out there that hire inexperienced nurses into NICU? I graduated in 2007 with my BSN. I went to school to become a nurse to work in NICU. This is my dream job and my passion. However, my first job as a new grad in a Level III NICU was a terrible experience. I did not get the support that I needed during orientation and the orientation "program" was not at all what it should be. When I brought up my concerns to the manager at that time, they basically stopped orienting me and then fired me on the last day of the 90 day orientation (that's right, only 90 days orientation to a level III NICU!). I have applied to every NICU/SCN position in multiple hospitals in IL, WI, and TX (and a few in OH and CO). I have not had any luck. This manager at my first NICU job has had be blackballed from getting any jobs at the 3 hospitals in my area, and so I have been stuck doing Post NICU/PICU Pediatric Home Health for the last 3 years. I miss being in the hospital and feel like I have lost so many skills because it has been so long since I have been in a clinical/hospital setting. Out of the hundreds-thousands of jobs I have applied to over the last 4 years, I have only had a handful of interviews. Most of them have said that they are looking for nurses that have 3-5 years NICU experience. How am I to get this experience if no one will give me the chance. I've worked in Med/Surg/Tele for a short time, but was extremely unhappy in this position and was bullied by other nurses to the point where it was too stressful and I dreaded going to work everyday. So, I went to Peds Home Health. I'd really appreciate any help or information. TIA
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    Quote from rnpic
    I know this thread is basically for New Grads in search of information about NICU, but I want to know if there are any hospitals out there that hire inexperienced nurses into NICU? I graduated in 2007 with my BSN. I went to school to become a nurse to work in NICU. This is my dream job and my passion. However, my first job as a new grad in a Level III NICU was a terrible experience. I did not get the support that I needed during orientation and the orientation "program" was not at all what it should be. When I brought up my concerns to the manager at that time, they basically stopped orienting me and then fired me on the last day of the 90 day orientation (that's right, only 90 days orientation to a level III NICU!). I have applied to every NICU/SCN position in multiple hospitals in IL, WI, and TX (and a few in OH and CO). I have not had any luck. This manager at my first NICU job has had be blackballed from getting any jobs at the 3 hospitals in my area, and so I have been stuck doing Post NICU/PICU Pediatric Home Health for the last 3 years. I miss being in the hospital and feel like I have lost so many skills because it has been so long since I have been in a clinical/hospital setting. Out of the hundreds-thousands of jobs I have applied to over the last 4 years, I have only had a handful of interviews. Most of them have said that they are looking for nurses that have 3-5 years NICU experience. How am I to get this experience if no one will give me the chance. I've worked in Med/Surg/Tele for a short time, but was extremely unhappy in this position and was bullied by other nurses to the point where it was too stressful and I dreaded going to work everyday. So, I went to Peds Home Health. I'd really appreciate any help or information. TIA
    Sorry for your difficult experience. As I am not there yet, I do not have much advice to give you other than is it possible to find a peds position somewhere and then possible make a future transition to the NICU again.

    I imagine that first job regardless of specialty have challenges and being a new nurse can seem very overwhelming with all the things there is to know. I can only hope that my first job post graduation will have a great support system. While I know that NICU may not be my "first stop" in nursing, it is the direction I will be working towards....and I am excited about the possibility.
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    I have applied to positions in Pediatrics, PICU, NICU, SCN, Nursery, and OB/LDRP. I haven't had any luck with any of them.
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    Hi Boratz- I just DL-ed your Brains! Thanks so much for sharing! I start hospital wide orientation tomorrow and then on the unit the next day! The next 2 weeks will be on/off hospital classes/seminars and on the unit- so excited, and probably twice as nervous! I have worked in a level 2 nursery for 2 years (IVF, NC, abx, 33weeks or greater)- wish me luck! (And thanks again!!!!!)

    P.S. I have started reviewing/reading Merensteins & Gardner's handbook- any other suggestions?
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    You are welcome, but I am not from Kazakhstan. LOL.


    Good luck to you. If you need the forms edited to suit your unit, I could do that as well. Just shoot me a message.

    ETA: The book you have is considered the best by the members of this community. I also read the Core Curriculum as well.
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    Quote from Bortaz, RN
    You are welcome, but I am not from Kazakhstan. LOL.


    Good luck to you. If you need the forms edited to suit your unit, I could do that as well. Just shoot me a message.

    ETA: The book you have is considered the best by the members of this community. I also read the Core Curriculum as well.

    Whoops, do not give me your tears... haha! simple typo! thanks again!
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