Hello everyone! I am a BSN new graduate seeking some advice. I did my senior preceptorship in the Neonatal ICU and I am hoping to attain a new grad position in this specialty. Yet, as we all know, new grad positions are bleak
. Advice from a lot of older RN's have told me to just do things like Adult Med-Surg, etc first before NICU, while I'm hearing from other sources that I should stay within that specialty in order to not be stuck in an unwanted area forever. For instance, I've heard that if you start in adult, you'll likely stay in adult since specialties like NICU want someone with recent NICU experience.
What should I do? Should I just keep waiting around for NICU new grad programs until one finally hires me? Or should I just start out in Adult Med-Surg like some have suggested (no offense to any Med-Surg lovers, but it's truly not for me)? Or could I look at programs that offer Labor & Delivery or Pediatrics and work from there? What units would be the best to to apply to if I can't get a NICU new grad postion? Please tell me about your experiences and what you think is best. Working in the NICU would truly be my dream job. I've had many rotations during nursing school and although there were many that I enjoyed, I never felt such a heart and soul connection to any unit like I did the NICU. I truly fell in love during my senior preceptorship in the NICU and I want to make the right choices early on to ensure that I end up in my dream job.
Thank you so much for your time.