New Grad in NICU/Peds
- 0May 23, '11 by Missy RNI've been offered a new grad position in NICU/Peds. Does anyone have any info on starting out in either of these specialties? I decided to forgo starting in medsurg because I prefer to work where I am passionate and if I'm wrong, medsurg will always be there waiting for me.
- 0May 23, '11 by jess,rnHi Missy! I'm right here with you! I've been out of nursing school for about 14 months and have spent that time a a pediatric clinic and I've also spent those summer months at a Christian sports camp for 13-18 year olds, working as an RN. Now I've been offered a job in NICU, which is where my heart is. I'd also like some "starting out" tip/hints/idea, etc....
Good Luck! I hope you love it!!!!!
- 0May 31, '11 by cnzapfI graduated a year ago and started off in a level II NICU and then moved to a larger city to work in a level III NICU. I was very grateful for my level II experience as a new grad because I felt I was a lot more prepared for the level III experience. Being a new grad anywhere is difficult...you just have to go with the flow and never be afraid to ask questions. I know it sounds cliche, but I've seen some new grads afraid to ask questions and then making a terrible mistake.
If NICU/peds is where your interest is, then I would say go for it! You've got a long career ahead of you so you've got lots of time to try out different areas of nursing
- 0Jun 2, '11 by dragonfly55words of advice- please ask questions- if you aren't sure about something- ask !
find 1 or 2 experienced nurses that you admire, respect and feel comfortable with - let them be your role model and help you along the way.. you can learn alot from them
there is a great deal to learn, it is never ending- (it's a good thing)
please learn the basics before wanting to jump in and take on the vents, code pinks, etc.
- 0Jun 5, '11 by RNnicu42Im a new grad in CA and I LOVE the NICU. I did my preceptorship in a local level III NICU and I want to go directly into NICU instead of med/surg if possible. Where do you guys live that you were able to get a new grad job in a NICU? I am having trouble finding the opportunity out here.