Hello! I am a student who is currently taking pre-reqs for nursing school and am really interested in 2 different specialties of nursing: neonatal and public health. Lately I have been doing research on both specialties to figure out which one is right for me or to see if it is possible to do both (neonatal nurse working in the community). I have a BA in Child Development and experience with infants in childcare, which lead me to an interest in helping high-risk infants. I plan to do some shadowing soon but in the meantime would like to get some perspectives in this forum from experienced neonatal nurses by asking these questions: (I live in the SF Bay area so reading some advice from nurses around the area who have some knowledge on the nursing job market in this location or requirements in CA would be very helpful)
What do you enjoy about being a neonatal nurse?
What are some of the cons that you deal with?
After getting your BSN and RN, are there any additional requirements you must do before working as a level II-III neonatal nurse? What was your educational/experience path like before you were hired to work as a neonatal nurse?
Will having an MSN make me more marketable?
Have neonatal nurses been in high demand?
What is your work schedule like?
I also want to know if anyone knows of any hospitals/health centers in the bay area that would possibly allow me to shadow for a day?
Thanks so much in advance for those who reply!