New Grad NICU Support Thread - page 16
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
- 2Jan 5, '12 by goshenc1Rnpic,
I'm not sure how much my experiences will help you, but they might so here it goes. I graduated nursing school in August, took and passed my boards in November, applied for positions (NICU, residencies, etc) in December, and interviewed in late December. I got the call yesterday that the NICU I wanted (in Atlanta) wants me and they offered me the job- this will be my first job as a nurse.
The only medical experience I have aside from clinical rotations is a summer Student Nurse Internship I did at a pediatric hospital where I was living/working at the time- Cincinnati. After that internship was over the unit offered me a position as a PCA while I was finishing up school. Total I was at that hospital for about 14 months. I believe that helped boost my resume and gave me the edge I needed to get that interview. I was even told other candidates were applying and being interviewed.
Moral of my little life story- it is DEFINITELY possible to get a NICU job with little/no experience as a nurse. Keep your chin up, keep trying, and keep pursuing your dream. It'll work out in the long run and you'll probably appreciate it even more as a result. Best of luck, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to PM me or ask on here. Let us know how your search goes.
- 2Jan 6, '12 by goshenc1Thanks so much Bortaz, RN! I can't wait to start. Gotta admit, I've stumbled onto a lot of your posts throughout different threads- you have such great advice and tips for fellow nurses. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us.
- 0Jan 16, '12 by Heart 2 serveWhat would you suggest I do as a new graduate waiting to get an offer in the NICU. What can I do to better myself as a candidate? Are there specifics that the NICU unit look for for new graduates who didn't do their senior practicum in NICU setting? I do agree this unit is very different even from a pediatrics unit. My passion is neonates and if I had to settle for anything less it would be pediatrics.
- 1Jan 20, '12 by WildcatFanRNi have several applications out to both a level 2 and level 3 nicu's. i haven't given up on my dream of working nicu even though right now i'll take any hospital job. i don't know what more i can do anymore to make myself more marketable. i joined nann for the networking only to find out my "local" group meets 2 1/2 hours away, which is not feasible for me to get to. i tried once and got caught in a serious traffic jam on the interstate. i was an hour late and missed the meeting even though i left 6 hours early. i even joined the aacn and actually get to go to their meetings, but have yet to meet a nicu nurse only the picu nurses seem to come. i graduate with my bsn this summer (hopefully) and hope like #$%# this jump starts my career as i am on a serious stall.
just once i would love to come onto an with something happy to say other than my grades are better than i've ever gotten before.
- 1Apr 24, '12 by celyseRNBSNJust received awesome news: I landed my DREAM JOB as an RN in a Level III NICU! I will start in June and could not be more excited!! This will be my first RN job right out of school (I graduate in less than a month!!), and my advice to other new grads looking for NICU jobs:
1) APPLY EVERYWHERE! Even if you don't think you'll get a call, you have to apply or you'll never know. If you have the flexibility to move, consider it. Sometimes, your hometown or dream location just isn't hiring at the moment.
2) Use any networking that you can--don't be afraid to call a friend-of-a-friend who knows someone who works in the NICU. It worked for me!
3) Be extremely professional in all your interactions with the hospital, even if the emails or calls they send back seem short or rude.
4) Do anything you can to give your resume a competitive edge. Volunteer in the NICU, get a nurse tech/PCA job, and if possible try to get a senior preceptorship there.
5) DON'T GIVE UP!
I have dreamed of the NICU since I first set foot in one (literally, I would have dreams about it at night, lol). All the time filling out applications, making phone calls, and sending emails paid off! So excited to start in June!
- 1Apr 24, '12 by celyseRNBSNThanks Boratz! I have been creeping on the NICU forum for a long time now lol, and saw that you have a "brain" posted. It looks awesome, and I will definitely be using it! Any advice for special supplies I'll need on the job? My mom is buying me an infant stethoscope for a graduation present (I'm not sure if they'll have individual ones for each baby on the unit), and I'm looking into getting one of those little lights that helps you find veins for IV sticks. Not sure what they're called or how much they cost, but several nurses on the unit I currently precept on have them. Will that be something useful?
- 0Apr 25, '12 by Bortaz, RNThat's great, hope the brain is helpful to you. It can be amended in Excel pretty easily to make it more appropriate to your individual needs.
Other than the 'scope, I can't think of anything I've needed that wasn't provided by the hospital. I've only used a light once or twice for IVs, and then just used my old pen light. I still carry a book with me, for when I come across new things with which I'm not familiar. (Core Curriculum) But honestly, I don't use it that often. Did when I was brand new...would go home and read up on the stuff I saw that day.
I remember how excited I was when I first got in my NICU, so I understand what you're feeling. It's an awesome experience...enjoy it!