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- Jul 18, '12 by ENicuRNQuote from romaniamWell said!! That is exactly what j was thinking as I was reading all of her responses. I think you most definitely need those 2years of NICU experience before jumping into the DNP program. You might be pleasantly surprised that what you love most is being the bedside RN!To be quite honest with you, it sounds to me like you might find bedside nursing more fulfilling. In my limited experience I rarely saw NPs at the bedside unless we solicited their assistance. And of course, when they did their assessments. But it really sounds to me like you'd enjoy doing routine cares and interacting with families on a regular basis. Once you get more experience, I'm sure you'll be better able to make a final decision. You could always remain a staff nurse and use your advanced degree to teach. Just a thought.
- Jul 20, '12 by jpeters84Kayla- I'm from the bay area but moved out of state for the same exact reason. I am now in Idaho finishing up my two years and getting ready to head back to the Bay Area as an NICU RN with level III experience. Much easier to get a job with those two years of experience! Check out Boise if you are really willing to move (We hired 12 new grad RN's in our NICU last year, I think we are now on a temp hiring freeze but I know people leaving so keep checking). Also, I thought the same exact thing just get those two years of experience and then get your masters but let me warn you...I don't feel ready yet and I don't know anyone in their right mind that felt ready to get their Master's in Neonatal Nursing after two years. Be prepared to need 3-5 years of experience before heading back to school. You DON't want to be that new grad NNP in the NICU that no one trusts and doesn't know what they're doing. Pretty hard to call some of the shots in the NICU with out past experience in the very particular cases that come up in the NICU and it would be pretty hard to get all of those experiences in in two years. Lots of luck!
- Jul 22, '12 by minnicjlI graduated with an RN, BSN in August 2010. I have a previous Bachelor's degree in Pre-Med/Kinesiology and I am nearly done with my Masters in Public Health. I have been working temporary jobs such as flu clinics, school nurse, and managing a health center at a summer camp. I have humanitarian medical experience working in Africa, Central & South America, two disaster relief trips in Haiti, a medical internship in India, and work experience as an RN in the Swiss Alps and northern England (accompanying medical staff for hiking expeditions). I have applied to every nursing position I can possibly find on online forums for the past two years and cannot find a clinical hospital position anywhere. I am licensed in CA, CO, and NY. I am bilingual and nearly fluent in Spanish. I have done everything I possibly can to market myself to this job market, and no one wants me!!
I am just perplexed about whether after two years of non-acute nursing experience I still classify as a "new grad" despite my experience. I need to get into a hospital/clinical setting to gain the experience I need for NP school. I have such high ambitions for myself, and feel like I have immense and dynamic experience, but it does not meet the rigid requirements defined by hospitals.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
- Jul 23, '12 by Nurse2Bee2013I am going to be in the same position as you (when I graduate in Dec 2013). I originally dreamed of being a Neonatologist, but when I thought further of it I decided I would much rather prefer being a NICU nurse and later getting my NNP. It's been a dream of mine since I was 14.
I don't really have any advice or any recommendations on where to apply, all I can say is put out as many applications as you can. I know the NICU at our local hospital hires 1 or 2 new graduates every year, and that they actually prefer to hire new grads who will be staying in the NICU field for their career so they can really specialize in their knowledge. And one of my friends got a job in the NICU right after graduation, another got an opportunity to do Labor & Delivery/NICU.
- Nov 3, '12 by applemanHow do you all like the NICU so far as new grads , Any input would be great