HI I am very interested in becoming a neonatal nurse. I've just started college so I have a long way to go but I have many questions about becoming a neonatal nurse. Ok first off, I would like to know what is the best way to pursue the NICU.
Should I do a year in med-surg (I really don't want to work with adults or the elderly) before I start in the NICU or should I start in the NICU right after I graduate?
What exactly is a preceptorship? When could I do a preceptorship (what year in college)? Does every college offer one?
Approximately how much would a neonatal nurse make her first year?
If a hospital offers orientation, should I worry about starting my first year in another unit?
Would I still be a neonatal nurse in the Well Baby unit or the Mother-Baby unit? (I know... this is a stupid question)
Please help me answer all these questions... I am kind of lost right now!