Appropriate non-NICU PRN jobs?


Hi fellow NICU nurses, I'm encountering a dilemma and I'd love to hear advice. I started in NICU as a new grad; it's my dream job, and I love going to work every day. I'm hoping to get a PRN job to work occasionally on my days off. In a perfect world I'd either pick up extra shifts at my unit, or get a PRN job within another local NICU; unfortunately, my unit has put the kibosh on any OT (FTE nurses can't pick up shifts), and no other local NICUs are hiring PRN employees right now.

I live in my city's medical district, and there are literally hundreds of clinics and a few major hospitals nearby. Unfortunately, my current hospital is the only one in the medical district that delivers babies; therefore, L&D/nursery jobs are out. Most of the PRN jobs I've found are in outpatient surgery centers. Outpatient surgery sounds very interesting to me, but I'm worried that my super-specialized NICU skill set won't translate to typical adult or or most peds roles. I also don't have a car, which effectively rules out home health.

Have any other NICU nurses had success in non-NICU settings? I'm sure I could learn any new skill set, but I doubt an employer would want to give me extensive 'new to specialty' training if I'm only PRN.

I'm thinking maybe an OB practice might be a good fit? I don't know anything about laboring women (only their babies), but at least that's tangentially related to NICU? I could also look at peds practices, but I know basically nothing about kids who are older than ~2 months.

ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP

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Specializes in Med-Surg, NICU. Has 8 years experience.

Unfortunately you are experiencing one of the problems of specializing so early in nursing. NICU is extremely specialized and doesn't translate well to most, if any, specialties.

I do have a med-surg PRN job, but I worked there full-time for eight months before entering NICU.

Are you open to picking something outside of nursing for some extra money?

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 46 years experience.

Pediatric private duty is well suited to your skill set. Many infants with chronic conditions at home need care.


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Specializes in TICU. Has 4 years experience.

What about PRN PACU in a surgery center? Or applying for a PRN PICU position. I've never worked NICU so I'm not sure of your current skill set.