I am brand new to this site.. and i love it. I just graduated last weekend with a BSN and really really want to work in the NICU. I have applied to numerous places in several cites and parts of the US and either there are no openings or no openigs for new grads... i am very discouraged. Everyone keeps telling me to do something else and i will have a job in a heart beat but i dont want to do anything but pedi/NICU. Am i being to picky?
May 27, '03
by NICU_Nurse, ASN
Keep looking! They're out there!
Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Aug 18, '03
May 28, '03
I would say keep trying. I ran into the problem of where there were too many new grads applying for the NICU and I did not get it. I too REALLY want to do NICU or PEDS. I have NO desire what so ever to work in med-surg but guess what, guess where I am starting. On a post-op surgical care floor. So I am going to wait 6 months-a year and as SOON as I see some NICU openings I am going to jump into applying. However, I will definitely do it before next year's grads come out. So Probably in December or January is when I will make my tranfer. The problem is that there is probably no openings left for new grads. They can only take so many new grads. I know with the hospitals in my area they have the maximum amount of new grads they can take at the moment in my area for new grads but they have PLENTY of openings for experienced NICU RNs.
If you can't find it right now then try another area for now. Time will fly by quick. I am NOT going to give up into getting into the area I REALLY want to be and feel my heart really is at. Med-Surg my heart is not there but I am trying to keep a positive upbeat attitude and learn as much as I possibly can.
I just hope the NICU will take me because I heard SOME NICU's don't want to hire nurses with adult med-surg background.
Last edit by peaceful2100 on May 28, '03