I'm currently working on my Associates in Registered Nursing. I have always wanted to work in the NICU but I have heard its hard to get your foot in the door. I was wondering if there is anything I can do now to better my chances of working in the NICU when I graduate. I plan on going back to getting my BSN after I work as a nurse for a year or two.
Thanks in advance!!
Oct 9, '02
If you have an elective the last semester, request NICU. That way you can "try it on".
Also, you can volunteer.
Request a job shadow. Try to check out different units.
Denver is a big city and there are probably several units.
Be SURE the one you get hired into has a STRONG orientation/new grad program. If it doesn't, you will flounder. I can't emphasize that enough!!!
Oct 9, '02
Thanks for the info! I will definitely check with my school to see if they do the job shadow program.
Oct 15, '02
I am a new nurse (just graduated in May) and I am in the NICU. I worked for a year as a CNA/Student Nurse on a L&D/Postpartum/Nursery unit. Although I was working with well babies, I feel that it helped me become a lot more comfortable assessing and handling babies. I don't know what level NICU you are thinking about, but I'm at a Level III and I feel my well baby experience was invaluable. I also agree, if you have the option, spend some time in the NICU during your senior year.
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