I will be graduating in May 2013 and have always had an extreme interest for the NICU. I recently completed my rotations at our local childrens hospital where i rotated on a level 4 NICU.
I want to persue an externship this coming fall which would increase my knowledge and skill level.
I do have second thoughts however about becoming a NICU nurse right off the bat!
Pros vs Cons?
My boyfriend is in a career where we may have to move around in a couple of years and I am worried that if I start in a NICU, I might narrow my skills; however I believe this is where my heart is set.
I think that if you're really interested in working in the NICU then you should do everything you can now to try to secure a position in a NICU that hires new grad. nurses.
Start networking now and find ways to get your name around to management. I would suggest that you look into obtaining a position as a CNA, student nurse tech, unit secretary, unit assistant or something similar so that you can get your foot in the door.
If that isn't possible, I would look into volunteering opportunities.
NICUs have a reputation of being notoriously difficult to get into as a new grad. because of the low turnover rate and the fact that it costs a lot of money to train a new grad. NICU nurse. Do everything you can to network now before you graduate but also be prepared for that fact that you might not be able to find a NICU position in your area right away. In that case, I suggest you look into a Maternity or Pediatric position initially that you can use to transition into the NICU at some point during your career. For example, this may mean taking a position at a hospital on the Mother-Baby/Postpartum unit and then transferring to the NICU when appropriate.
Keep in mind that if NICU is absolutely where you want to start you may have to look into relocating in order to obtain the position you're seeking. Best of luck and let us know how it goes!
Last edit by cjcsoon2bnp on Jun 19, '12