Is working in the NICU a good idea for me, as a person with mild cerebral palsy? - page 3
by bella201 3,898 Views | 24 Comments
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
- 0Feb 25, '13 by bella201Hey NicuGal thanks for your input!! I know that I would have to talk to HR about my case and see what can be done to accommodate me; if they even can accommodate me. If I find that they can't then I will probably switch from Nicu to nursery instead. And I know that in clinicals patients will be in different rooms and I can't change that.
If I get into the nursing program, in clinicals I actually won't be accommodated for anything as a rule so yes it's going to be a tough interesting experience!
- 0Feb 27, '13 by TeenyTinyBabyRNThe first horpital I worked at was a delivery hospital, where I would occasionally get floated to nursey. I have never run around in NICU, like I have run around in Nursey (Ussually when you have a super sick kiddo, you are mostly standing at his bedside all night). We were assigned 8+ babies, plus deliveries. Think you would have a nice little assembly line, with all your babies lined up neatly in a row? Not a chance. Nonstop calling from parents, "Bring my baby to the room," "Take my baby back to the nursey, he's crying," "I need help breastfeeding," "My baby spit up," "My baby is making funny grunting noises," Then you make your run for your kids that you are monitoring glucoses. By the time I brought one baby back to the nursey, two moms had already called for me to take their babies back to the room. I wouldn't be able to sit to chart until, after I gave report to the on coming shift.
Maybe try a doctor's office?
- 1Mar 1, '13 by uRNmywayI don't really have input on the NICU part of it other than to agree that more of a well-baby or intermediate nursery would be better. However given the nursing situation right now, tons and tons of EXPERIENCED unemployed nurses, I don't know how easy it will be for you to get work on this kind of department as a new grad.
Other suggestions though: Maybe psych? I've never worked psych, but seems like there would be less frantic running around.
Or how about home health? I know you said you would prefer hospital work to get experience, but I just think the pace of home health would be well suited to your needs. And given your disability, you could possibly look into pediatric care. You know, the babies who get well enough to get out of NICU and go home, but will never really get better. IE will always require TF, possibly vents, you know? That way you have ONE patient at a time, less running around for multiple running alarms, no risk of your assignment being in multiple rooms. I have also seen on AN that there are nurses who basically go to school with one child every day for their medical needs. That might be something good for you too, kind of like a nurse/companion thing.
I don't know how well these ideas fit your plans and needs, but I feel they might work well at least as far as your physical disability goes. Hope that helps a bit!