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Same here. I've heard that it's extremely hard for new grad to get a NICU position. I'm a sophomore in college now, I should be starting the BSN program at my university next fall. Would it be possible that volunteer experience could help land a job in the NICU? I'm volunteering in the nursery/NICU unit at my local hospital and plan on doing so until I graduate which would give me roughly 3 years worth of volunteer experience in that setting. Would this help? Or not so much?
Having an "in" in the unit you want to work in always helps. If you can precept in the NICU, that significantly increases your chances on being hired as a new grad. Also, working as a tech/secretary in the unit works too. Being in the NICU can be tough sometimes. Having at least some exposure to the unit lets the people in charge of hiring know that you know exactly what you're getting into in and you still want to do it! It also gives them the opportunity to see how well you get along with the nurses that are already working there.
I also want to work in the NICU. It is my dream but I have heard it is VERY hard to get into. I plan on going to get my masters have a neonatal nurse practitioner but to even be considered for the program here (STL, UMSL) you have to have a minimum of 2 years in a level 3 NICU. The preceptorships in NICU are few and far between. Good luck to you!