Hi everyone! I must say that I am addicted to this site! I always see people getting and giving great advice so I figured I'd join in. I am in my last year of nursing and I am starting to think about what area I want to work in when I graduate. So, the problem is...
I love working with children (Peds) and I love working in OB. I am not sure which one to pursue because I haven't really had a lot of experience with either of them. I was a teachers assistant for 3 years and my first major was Elementary Education so I obviously loovveee kids (whether it be in a pediatric environment or a nursery or NICU or with new moms and their newborns). I have been on a search for externships or any way to get a foot in the door to see if this may be for me but I can't seem to find one. Any tips on obtaining externships or NA jobs in an OB PP/MB/Nursery/NICU etc unit?
Oh yeah...I'm in Philly
May 8, '07
Hey there! I have one semester left in NS and was totally in the same boat as you....started off in elem. education and changed to nursing. I have wanted to work in NICU since high school though....just never thought I'd get there. Well, this semester I decided I need to get in there. I applied for an extenship in the NICU thinking I wouldn't get it. I didn't hear anyhting for weeks even though I was calling & leaving messages with the nurse manager. Finally, one day last week she called me (after about a month and a half). She thanked me for my persistance w/o being annoying and scheduled an interview which I had Friday. I made sure to show my enthusiasm for this unit. She called today and offered me the job. So, it can be done. Just keep at it and don't give up if that's what you want. She told me that she had 60 applicants and had only heard from 4 of us and I have a feeling we were the ones who got the job. So good luck, be persistant, and you will get there. Just keep knocking on doors and telling anyone and everyone who will listen what you want to do. You never know if who you are talking to knows someone and can get you in that way. Sorry I'm not more of a help. Just wanted to say good luck & it can be done!
Last edit by iHeartNICU on May 8, '07
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