New Grad NICU Support Thread - page 6

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... Read More

  1. by   LMS,RN
    Absolutely, Kaplan... that's all I did were Kaplan questions. They are structured very similar. We were told that Sylvia Rayfield and Kaplan were the closest to NCLEX style questions. I can't vouch for SR, but Kaplan was great!
  2. by   birdcage
    Congrats, bobbkat!
  3. by   niculove
    YAY BOBBKAT!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you!!!!
  4. by   aerorunner80
    Quote from Bortaz, RN
    The last 5 days that I worked were very interesting, as a newer nurse. The first day, I was allowed to orient with another nurse on a sick, vented 24 weeker with uac/uvc and a dobu drip. The next 4 work days, I had that kid on my own.

    He went from just vented to INO to Jet vent and fent/dopa/dobu drips over the next 4 days, with a large head bleed and pulmonary hemorrhage from the surfactant he was given at birth.

    I was there on about the 3rd day, and realized *I* had the sickest kid on the unit. ME, an October 2009, how overwhelming! I spoke with my wonderful charge nurse, and asked her how that'd come to be.

    She told me I'd gotten the assignment because they felt I was ready for it, capable of handling it, had the right mind-set and common sense to deal with whatever came up, and that their goal is to see me as one of their "go-to level 3 nurses" on the unit. It was an awesome feeling to have my hard work recognized, especially coming from someone whom I hold in great respect.

    My unit manager stayed over the next night to speak with me, and again reaffirmed that they were very happy with my progress, and feel that I'm one of their "shooting stars" in the NICU. That she sees me at some point being their choice for charge, for sections, for the sickest babies, for ECMO when it comes to our unit, etc.

    Again, overwhelming but so, so appreciated. I'm in love with my job, dedicated to these babies, and thank God that I have been allowed to start my new career in such a great environment.

    That is so awesome! I hope I get to hear that one day when I'm done with my orientation!
  5. by   followmydream
    I am so happy to see this thread. I start a year-long NICU internship next month, which is followed by employment. I am nervous and excited. I feel like everything is falling into place and I need to pinch myself to see if this is all real. I know that I'm in the honeymoon period and it will be tough, but I am so ready to learn!
  6. by   Bortaz, RN
    Good luck.
  7. by   precious2HimRNBSN
    I'm so proud of all of you. My dream job is to be a NICU nurse. My 1st job will be in a Peds Hospital and if I do will in this new nurse program and on the interviews once the program is over then they will hire me on perm. Then maybe I can get some experience and maybe move to the NICU - Good Luck everyone.
  8. by   niculove
    Good luck followmydream!

    Welcome precious2himrnbsn!

    Hope everyone else is doing well!
  9. by   Bobbkat
    My first day is next week, so my countdown has begun. My daughter is excited for me to start work too, because she will be going to 'school'. She talks about it all the time.

    I found out that we are getting copies of the Merenstein & Gardener book that is so highly recommended on this board, so I'm glad that I didn't buy it. I have a 2008 neofax, but I'm waiting to see if we are getting new copies of that too before I go look for a new one myself.

    I can't recall if this has been asked, but what area of the country is everyone in? I'm in New England.
  10. by   linRdsNay
    my dream has come true! I was just offered a position in the NICU! I had given up because my interview was so long ago, but I just received the call. the hospital trainings and NICU classes start next week and I couldn't be more excited!!
  11. by   Bobbkat
  12. by   blessedw2&ahubby
    Hey, I am still in school but hoping for a NICU area job after graduations - I live in the Kansas City Area. Any tips on what hospitals look for? GPA? Any advice would be great!!

  13. by   Shanlee79
    Hello new grad nurses...

    I am completing school this term and want to try and get into NICU for final practicum..I found this thread and enjoyed reading everyone stories. Now that it's been awhile for some who've originally posted...anyone feel it was too challenging to start out in?? Maybe try another route if you could??

    I am trying to find if this is a fit for me. I always hated the floor for each rotation. The only one I didn't mind was Maternity/child health but I find what gets to me already on the floor is wanting to give more of my time when I cannot and those critical pts that need me most get ignored b/c I am busy giving bed baths and cleaning the room for to the stable ones. This is based on time only on adult maybe it's different on peds?