New Grad NICU Support Thread - page 20

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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    Yes!! I definitely feel this way! I just posted to thread

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    I feel your pain I am a new grad and in a NICU and my 15 wks at 3 days a wk are almost up and they will probably fire me too.... The preceptor can make or break the experience..... I have 4 wks to save my job.... Advice?
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    One of the best posts on here.... Just passed the NCLEX in September and I highly value my license
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    [QUOTE=Old.Timer.;4396371]I think creating a new grad support thread was an excellent idea – it is a stressful transition. The precursor to this thread was a thread looking for e-mail pen pal for new NICU nurses. It was also suggested in that thread that maybe more experienced nurses could check in and offer support and advice every so often which is why I am butting in, even though I am new to the forum. I’m going to assume that most of you on this thread practically grew up on the internet, facebook, blogs etc and are quite comfortable sharing information about yourselves. However, it is imperative that you monitor all aspects of your online activity to ensure that you are not inadvertently placing your hospital, co-workers and self at legal risk with information shared online. You need to consider info available in totality, even if it is not listed in one entry. There is mention in the original pen pal thread directing readers to a blog. That blog lists, item by item, all of the errors that occurred on a specific day at work and makes mention that there was “obvious harm done to the patient.” I believe the author assumes she is okay since she doesn’t use her name on her blog. She does not have to….she has already given readers all they need to know. She has told anyone reading her blog, exactly what problems occurred in the NICU of a specific hospital on a specific day and shift. This is the stuff that will give the risk management and legal department of that hospital a coronary, understandably so. Someone did not stop and think. If anyone is in touch with the blog author, I would recommend contacting her to suggest she remove certain entries. We all need to carefully consider any info we post pertaining to specifics of our professional life. [/QUOTE Best post on here!
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    Tomorrow is my first day on the NICU floor! I cannot wait, sooo excited. I am working at the hospital that I did my preceptorship at, so I cannot wait to see everyone again.
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    I want to become a nicu nurse, and I recently talked to the clinical manager of the nicu at the hospital I work at and she was explaining to me that i will have a lot of competition with experienced nicu nurses when i apply, was it difficult for any of you to get your job in the nicu? I really want to prepare myself...any help/info would be great. thank you!!!
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    Hey everyone,

    I am a recent new grad (May2013) and I am currently interviewing with multiple hospitals for NICU residency positions. NICU nursing is the reason I entered the profession and I am so excited to be on the verge of my first position in a NICU. I would love to hear any advice regarding preparing for my first position and for the NICU in general. I completed my preceptorship in a level III/IV NICU and loved every minute if it. I can't wait to join the employed RN's out there and begin this amazing career.

    The programs I am interviewing for include: CHLA (Los Angeles), Texas Children's (Houston), Randall Children's (Portland), and Mary Birch Women and Newborn (San Diego). If anyone has any advice on any of these programs I would love to hear from you. Thank you so much!
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    I graduated last december and passed my boards! Earlier this month I got a job offer for a position in a Level II NICU. I'm looking forward to begin the GN program in February! I'm a bit nervous since nursing school didn't really go over much of neonatal care but i'm confident the vast knowledge will flow in once I get on the unit ^.^
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    Hi all!, new RN starting in level 3 NICU ! good luck to all pray for one another to provide courage and strength to care for the tiniest miracles
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    Can I restart this thread?

    I'm on week 5 of my NICU orientation. I am LOVING it so far... have had amazing preceptors (although my current one is TOUGH but incredibly knowledgable and experienced) and she started me out with the toughest patients. Didn't waste any time. I am sometimes overwhelmed and feel inadequate, but then I am reassured that everyone started there. For example, I was doing a heel stick, and first couldn't milk the poor baby's foot enough to get the blood out... then it clotted and I had to do it all over again. The next time I tried, I got TOO good at it, and the same baby had blood running down his leg. Poor little guy, but I did manage to get the whole sample without having to stick him again. It's a lot of work, but totally worth it!
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