I have wanted to work NICU since I was in my early teens. I am drawn to and fascinated by preemies, developmental care, the highly technical environment, etc. In nursing school I precepted in a small level III NICU which, unfortunately, did not hire new grads and ended up taking a position in a newborn nursery, where I worked for two years attending deliveries, assisting with breastfeeding, and gaining familiarity with healthy newborns.
I'm now looking for a new position and interviewed with a nice level III but sadly was not offered a position.
I've since had a couple more interviews with a mother/baby (couplet care) unit and a pediatric hematology/oncology unit.
My question is this: if I were theoretically offered both positions, given that I am already familiar with well neonates, which would you recommend for someone who eventually wants to work NICU? Mother/baby would give me further experience with healthy newborns and breastfeeding assistance as well as learning the care of the postpartum patient, but the peds position would give me experience with higher acuity patients, central line care, and working with families who have very sick kids.
I'm kind of leaning towards the pediatric position because I think it will give me valuable experience outside of my current area and I'm concerned about pigeonholing myself as well. Plus kids are amazing, resilient people and I've always enjoyed working with them. I also think the experience with infusions and IVs will be helpful and translate more broadly than my current experience (very little IV experience, sadly). As much as I love working with newborns and their families, I think branching out might be invaluable.
Well, I went in for an interview with L&D and it turned into an interview for the mother-baby unit at that particular hospital. I was then invited to shadow one of the mother-baby nurses and did so (I'd been asked to come in scrubs
for the interview). All told, I was there almost 4.5 hours and left with a big smile on my face! I should hear something next week.
There is a NICU at this hospital as well so perhaps in the future a transfer will be a possibility...
Last edit by Semper_Gumby on Jan 11
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