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ER to NICU

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Specializes in ER. Has 10 years experience.

I have been an ER nurse for over 6 years, med/surg 2. I have recently accepted a position in the NICU. Terrified and excited at the same time. These babies can be very sick. I have no presumption that it is all roses and rainbows. Excited because I have wanted to be part of the NICU team since I became a nurse. Terrified because there is so much to learn. Maybe terrified is to strong a word. I don't think this is a bad thing to be terrified/nervous about it. It just means to me that I am going in with the right attitude of I have a lot to learn. I went to the hospital library and got a few books to study up on. Thank goodness they have them cause they are expensive, and its hard to choose which one is best. I got a book on Neonatology - management, procedures, diseases and drugs, the on from AWHONN - Core curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, and I believe the Merenstein & Gardner's Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care. Any other suggestions to familiarize myself with this area of nursing? Thanks for the help.

7 minutes ago, Sue Kossowsky said:

... AWHONN - Core curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, and I believe the Merenstein & Gardner's Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care. Any other suggestions to familiarize myself with this area of nursing? Thanks for the help.

Both of these are excellent resources.

Best wishes.

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

5 hours ago, Sue Kossowsky said:

the on from AWHONN - Core curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, and I believe the Merenstein & Gardner's Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care. 

I agree also. Those will benefit you the most. Welcome to the land of the little people.