Quote from 2BanRN-NICU
i just want to know if it is possiable to go from school to NICU and is that a good idea or should i go someplace else first
If you search the archives othe NICU forum, you will find several discussions of this topic.
My personal experience and advice is: Go to the NICU, go directly to the NICU, do not pass "Go", and do not collect $200!
Most large NICUs in teaching and referral centers routinely hire new grads, and are well-versed in orienting them. Proir experience is not necessary, and may not even be desirable, unless it is in peds or OB, which are specialties that are tougher to get into as a new grad.
Find a reputable hospital willing to provide you with at least a 12 week orientation 1:1 with a preceptor, including classroom instruction. Inquire about the ratio of experienced nurses (at least 2 years in the NICU) to newbies on the unit and shift you will work. Run from any unit which has less than 50% experienced nurses. You will need experienced nurses to mentor you and back you up as you begin to practice on your own.
good luck, and enjoy!