I just took NCLEX on Monday 9/23 and have received my license! I went to a diploma program (2 years). I plan on starting BSN in January. I am the Mother of a former Micropreemie who will be 5 in a few weeks. Since her birth, I have known I wanted to work in the NICU.
My question is what should I do to prepare for a career in the NICU? I am getting my portfolio situated so that I can start applying for any and all available NICU positions. What certifications or things of that nature should I look into, or should I rely on a potential hire to get all of that? I am taking advice from other threads on some of the reading material, but, is NRP or PALS something I should be seeking out prior to being hired, or is that something they do when hired. The one job description I see says "preferred".
I am SO nervous to apply to these positions with no experience (other than on the parent side) and no BSN, but I figure since it's my passion, why not!
Any and all help, words of wisdom, things I should know, etc is VERY much appreciated.