I was just curious to know what experience you had before going to NICU. Right now I have been an nurse just over a year and a half now. My first year I spent in a general med-surg/tele unit. In Jan I started working ICU. It is pretty much a combination of MICU/SICU with a float once or twice a month down to trauma ICU. My ultimate goal is to get to either Labor & Deliver or NICU. I really enjoyed both of those in nursing school. It is actually the reason I went to nursing school. I have always heard it is like gold to get one of the open spots in one of those areas so I was wondering what kind of background everyone had before they started applying.
Aug 30, '12
I too am shocked that I somehow got a job in the NICU.... Right out of nursing school I started on an adult med-surg floor that had a tiny 8 bed pediatric unit within (so some experience with babies, but not much). I worked there for 6 months before moving out of state for my husbands job. Then I accepted a job on a Ventilator care unit in a rehab hospital (because there were ZERO hospitals hiring at the time), I workerd on it for 7 months and HATED it! All we did on that unit was dig stim, wound vac, colostomies, tube feedings, trach cares....yeah, i hated it. So a NICU position became available at a great hospital in town. I focused on writing a killer cover letter that highlighted my exposure to infants in my first jpb and ventilator experience at my second job. I also made my passion for working with infants and to learn everything there is to know about NICU evident. Somehow among 300 applicants I got the job. I wouldnt recommend all the job hopping I did to get there, most facilities see this as a big negative. I guess my sincererity shone through, but yeah its a miracle I got the job.
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