Is working in the NICU a good idea for me, as a person with mild cerebral palsy? - page 2

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I will be applying to an adn nursing program next year and am looking at possibly working in the NICU because it's not as physically demanding. It's important that it's not so physically demanding as I have a mild form of cerbral... Read More


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    Hey MistyM what do u mean by outpatient's role? What would my duties be in an outpatient role?
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    I'm not so sure if it is only the UK that has outpatients then if your unsure what it is. It's basically patient coming in for clinics. I know it's not a job in the NICU but its somewhere to get your feet in and work out if the job is for you, or if you have health visitors where you love that may be a route to take (special nurses who assess newborn babies in the community and ensure they are developing well)
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    Thanks MistyM; I don't know if outpatient roles exist over here in the US but I will definitely look into it.
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    ** Does anyone have other suggestions as to specialties that might be a good fit for me? I have been considering telephone triage nursing and school nursing but I really would like to work in a specialty that is hospital based; especially to gain experience as I don't think I would be hired to do telephone triage and school nursing without having hospital experience and I want to have that experience to a become better nurse for my patients and better serve them . What do you guys think?
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    No problem!

    Do you have day surgical wards? Patients come
    In for assessment pre surgery and then off to theatres. Either back to the day unit for some obs
    And a wee before home or go to an overnight ward?
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    you'd have to go to quite a bit bigger hospital, but some of them have "step down" nurseries...the babies aren't QUITE as sick, they don't respond to deliveries so no running to that STAT c-section, and most of them are smaller than normal newborn/NICU and in one room or a close-proximity private room situation. otherwise, you could get a job at a clinic that specializes in perinatology or neonatology if you are interested in babies and you find the hospital setting isn't quite the right fit.
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    I have never worked in the OR and maybe someone who has can chime in here, but would a "surgery tech" type of position work out for you? It sounds lke your only deficit is in the lower extremities and you are able to stand without any difficulty so maybe this is something to look into. I'm assuming that most of the work is standing in pretty much one spot while actually working on the case, I really don't know but might be worth looking into. Also maybe respiratory therapy or psych nursing would be good fits for you.

    On the NICU subject, the one I work in hires new grads all the time, four year of course. We also don't all go to deliveries or on transport, those are choices for us if we want to be on those specific teams or not. Also consider that there are level 2 and level 3 patients in the NICU, level 2 being the more stable. As far as running to a bedside, our NICU generally assigns nurses to patients that are within close proximity so I'm not sure getting to the bedside in time would be a problem for you. It all dependes on the layout of the specific unit you work on. Finally, I would think that in your case assignments could be grouped so that your not having to run all over the place.

    There are so many opportunities in nursing and health care that I want to encourage you to check them all out. You could also get your nursing degree and a degree in health informatics, or what ever those people who manage all the computer stuff do. Just some food for thought.
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    Hey nocturnalnurse are "step down" nurseries the same as Well-Baby nursuries? Is there a difference? When applying for a job; are "step down" nurseries usually specified in the job description or do I have to ask around?

    ** I didn't think that such a position like "step down" nursery existed; where I wouldn't have to respond to deliveries and the babies would be at close proximity. This would work out pretty well for me. It would be great if I could find a position in a "step down" nursery once I graduate. Is it common for "step down" nuseries to hire new grads just out of nursing school?
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    Hey Shermrn; I also was thinking about having my assignments grouped so I wouldn't have to run all over the place.

    ** This puts me at ease since I've been told otherwise; that I wouldn't have a say in my assignments. Come to think of it; actually it would be something necessary that would have to be done to accommodate my disability and also to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It's within my right. I don't know why i was so worried about that!!
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    Actually if you can't perform the expected duties, and it includes going to deliveries and having to take appropriate assignments, then I believe it is not covered under these. This is something you would have to discuss with HR. You can't realistically ask a unit to disrupt their workflow. We try to accommodate many things with our staff, but their are times when we can't or else it is a burden to others. Just food for thought.

    Also, when you are doing your clinicals you will have several patients in different rooms, you can't change that. I don't want to discourage you from nursing, but it seems you have some unrealistic expectations and are thinking to far ahead of yourself. Get they nursing school and go from there.
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