New Grad NICU Support Thread - page 7

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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    Hello all! I'm through hurdle #1. I interviewed a few days ago, and later that day was told that I was one of the final candidates for the position. Now HR is completing my background check and contacting my references as a final step. My fingers are crossed

    I also interviewed this week for another position. I really want the NICU, but I'm glad to have multiple departments interested in me. (doesn't hurt that it's a great position too!).

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    Welcome nursebrittany! may get a peds course with the possibility of a NICU shadow day. Not sure of your program. Just do VERY well in NS! Good luck.

    Bobbkat - keeping my fingers crossed for you. It sounds like you got it! YAY! Keep us posted.

    I start in a week! So excited and so nervous at the same time.

    How is everyone else doing? Keep posting!!!!
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    Fixin to start going with my charge to sections. Eww.
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    I had orientation this week and start up on the floor on Tuesday. I can't wait. I wish I knew something that I could study or at least be familiar with. If I had the money, I would have gotten a few of the recommended books for NICU but right now I have to reread textbooks and find stuff on the internet. How is everyone else doing on the floor?
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    I got it!!!!! I'm a NICU nurse!
    sophie<3 and Bortaz, RN like this.
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    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!
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    Congrats, bobbkat!
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    YAY BOBBKAT!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you!!!!
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    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!
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    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!

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