Greetings! I agree with Eric that seeking an opportunity to "shadow" a nurse working in your desired work area may help you make your decision. I worked in a neonatal intensive care unit for several years and loved it, however some nurses have told me that they were not comfortable with some of the realities of NICU work. For example,there is some sadness because no matter how hard one tries, unfortunately some of these little fragile ones do not make it. And as a nursing supervisor once said to me, NICU work is not for the "faint of heart": these tiny kiddos often suddenly have complications, so one has to be quick to recognize warning signs and quick to do appropriate care or get help from the respiratory therapist or the neonatologist. Another challenge is that despite top notch care, some children do experience serious chronic problems associated with premature birth such as cerebral palsy. On the positive side, in recent years in the United States premature babies frequently do well with good care. One of the most rewarding experiences about NICU work are times after hospital discharge when parents sometimes bring in their oh so healthy infants for a visit with their former nurses!