New Grad NICU Support Thread - page 9

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

  1. 5
    Just wanted to wish you all good luck!

    While I still consider myself a "New Grad" I am realizing as the new grads start on our unit this month that I'm really not anymore! I started orientation a year ago this month in a Level IIIc and got off orientation in Feb. Just this past week I had a very sick "pre-ecmo" PPHN-er. Oscillator, nitric, dopa, epi, fluid boluses, blood, bicarb, frequent ABG's, glucoses and other labs, frequent vent changes, pre-ecmo tests (head ultrasound & echocardiogram), lots of MD's, residents, fellows and other specialists in and out, plus spanish speaking only dad (I don't speak spanish) to be taken care of. At the end of the day I was proud to realize I had handled her all by myself, not only that, kept her off ecmo and in much better condition then when I had started my shift, and really hadn't needed too much outside advice from more experienced nurses.

    It was a fun and exciting day and I'm sure you all will do well and get there too!
    thefabulousmrst, BNE103, Bortaz, RN, and 2 others like this.

    Get the hottest topics every week!

    Subscribe to our free Nursing Insights newsletter.

  2. 0
    Hey there! I am a NICU nurse in the KC area. I would HIGHLY recommend KU or Childrens. They are the most respected hospitals/NICU's in the area and care for the most critical babies. At KU you have to have a GPA >3.2 and I know at CMH you don't have to have a certain GPA.

    Both are really great places, just depends if you want to be in a big NICU (80 bed unit) or smaller (30 bed-unit). Best of luck to you and let me know if you have any more questions!

    Oops, wrong post....
  3. 0
    Quote from 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!!

    Thanks!!

    Hey there! I am a NICU nurse in the KC area. I would HIGHLY recommend KU or Childrens. They are the most respected hospitals/NICU's in the area and care for the most critical babies. At KU you have to have a GPA >3.2 and I know at CMH you don't have to have a certain GPA.

    Both are really great places, just depends if you want to be in a big NICU (80 bed unit) or smaller (30 bed-unit). Best of luck to you and let me know if you have any more questions!
  4. 1
    Quote from 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 units..so maybe it's different on peds?

    The neonatal world is a complete 180 from the adult world. I came from the adult world as a tech in ICU and SAC level units and when I got hired on into the NICU as a nurse, it was culture shock.

    I've been there 3 months now and am still getting used to the are and how things work and are done because of the difference. It's been a slow transition for me becasue I have all of these habits from the adult world that I have to let go of because they don't apply here.

    I would say that if this is where you want to be, go for it. In my unit, they didn't require any extra neonatal experience. I had never set foot inside a NICU until I started my orientation on the unit.

    I think that any area you start out in as a new grad is going to be difficult. Each unit serves a different population with different diagoses. No two units are exactly alike.
    livelifeloveRN likes this.
  5. 0
    Quote from aerorunner80
    The neonatal world is a complete 180 from the adult world. I came from the adult world as a tech in ICU and SAC level units and when I got hired on into the NICU as a nurse, it was culture shock.

    I've been there 3 months now and am still getting used to the are and how things work and are done because of the difference. It's been a slow transition for me becasue I have all of these habits from the adult world that I have to let go of because they don't apply here.

    I would say that if this is where you want to be, go for it. In my unit, they didn't require any extra neonatal experience. I had never set foot inside a NICU until I started my orientation on the unit.

    I think that any area you start out in as a new grad is going to be difficult. Each unit serves a different population with different diagoses. No two units are exactly alike.
    Thanks for the reply! I have since gotten in touch with the patient mgr for the NICU and now have shadow days set up for this month! I spoke with her about my concerns about being a student. I explained that most advisors in school have steered us away from specialty areas but like you pointed out, she also mentioned that they love to have fresh nurses without old habits that need to be broken. So, I guess I'll see. So excited for the opportunity!
  6. 0
    QUESTION!

    In the event I am unable to secure a position in the NICU as a new grad, I was wondering whether it would be better to work first in peds or in adult med/surg for nursing experience. I know times are tough and we might not be able to choose where to work, but thought I'd ask so that I may prioritize my opportunities. Thanks!
  7. 2
    My personal opinion is that some kind of peds experience or mother-baby would be better than adult med/surg.

    Much of adult health/med/surg has to be "unlearned" in order to succeed in the NICU, causing many candidates struggle. Better to avoid that difficulty, if possible.
    Bortaz, RN and PacoUSA like this.
  8. 1
    So glad to see this thread!!

    I'm a new grad (graduated just 12 days ago!) and am officially starting on the unit (a Level III) TOMORROW (in just 8 hours!!)! I worked there as a student for about 2 months before graduating, so it's not as scary as being brand new, but still pretty overwhelming! I just keep telling myself that they don't expect me to know it all in one day (right...? ).

    I was a 26-weeker myself, so NICU has always been close to my heart. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to care for my little patients now!!

    Nice to meet you all and GOOD LUCK to my fellow newbies! We can do it!!
    Bortaz, RN likes this.
  9. 0
    Good luck!
  10. 0
    Me too! It works


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors
Top