I am new here and I am in my very first semester of nursing school. Last year, a close friend had a baby in NICU (sadly, the baby passed away after about a week due to heart complications) and then the same friend just had another baby 2 weeks ago and this baby ended up in the same NICU on the same wing but this one, I am so happy to say is healthy and going home this week!!
Anyways, last year, when visiting the NICU to see the first baby, I fell in love. Then last night, when I went back to visit the second baby I got to talk to a nurse who has 8 yrs. experience as a NICU nurse. She loves it and won't do anything else.
So, I have questions now as I am sure this is the direction I will be going. I feel called to this area. This is the only kind of nursing I want to do.
1. Is it hard to get a job as NICU nurse?
2. What is starting salary for a newbie right out of school and what is the average salary for someone with yrs. experience in NICU (a girl from my school said 100,000 but that just seems to high for a nurse compared to other areas of nursing)?
3. Can you get a job in NICU with only a 2 yr. degree and no experience or do you have to have your BSN and experience on another unit?
4. What is the hardest thing about your job (besides the obvious of a baby passing away)?
And thank you to NoCrumping...your post was very encouraging for someone thinking about going into this area of nursing!!