Tips for a NICU New Grad?

  1. I just passed NCLEX at the beginning of June, and I start my DREAM job in the NICU in 2 weeks. Do any of the experienced NICU nurses out there have tips for getting started? Resources? Brains? Thanks!
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  3. by   Bortaz, RN
    About 18 months ago, when I was a new grad just starting in the NICU, I found that I needed a more structured and organized brainsheet in order to make sure I didn't miss anything. So, I created my own sheet. I don't know if it translates well to your unit, but I find it very helpful.

    Unfortunately, it's an Excel worksheet, and an.com doesn't allow them to be attached, even in private messages. If you'd feel comfortable sending me your email in a PM, I'd be happy to send the form to you.
  4. by   MeggieNICURN
    I'd LOVE to see your spreadsheet! Thank you so much for offering. I just signed up on this website a few days ago, and can't figure out how to do a private message. I'll just put it on here and delete it later. Dumb, but that's all I can think of. thanks again!
    Last edit by MeggieNICURN on Jul 6, '11
  5. by   Bortaz, RN
    Ok, sending now. It's set up for night shift, but you can easily change the times if you're working days (in Excel).
  6. by   MeggieNICURN
    This is fabulous! Thanks a million
  7. by   drmazur
    I am in the exact same boat! Would you possibly mind sending it to me as well if I msg you my email?
  8. by   Bortaz, RN
    You betcha.
  9. by   RshellRN
    Oh goodness, I'm in the same boat! I start August 1- me too??! (It's too bad you can't post on here!)


    THANK YOU SO MUCH! So excited to join the world of NICU nursing
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Jul 13, '11 : Reason: edited email addy per poster request
  10. by   newgradRN001
    I would love to get the report sheet as well. Do you mind emailing it to me? Thanks so much!
  11. by   Bortaz, RN
    Y'all PM me your email addresses and I'll send it right over.
  12. by   MeehRN
    Bortaz, RN, im sure you've heard this a couple of times here and Im going to say it too...Can I have a copy as well? If so, How do I msg u my email? Im new to this website and so far I love the forums here. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and ideas!!
  13. by   Bortaz, RN
    Unfortunately, the forum requires you to have 15 posts before you can send a Private Message. Once you've gotten to 15 posts, just send me a PM with your email address, and I will be glad to send it.

    Or, I suppose you could create a throw-away email and post it here. Either way works for me.
  14. by   Bortaz, RN
    Try this. I found a place to upload and store it online.
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/vb90x0...20shift-1.xlsx (Noc)

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/puw56y...20shift-1.xlsx (Days)
    MODS: If this ain't cool, just delete the link.

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