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How best to transfer to a pediatrics unit?

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by WittySarcasm WittySarcasm, BSN (Member) Nurse

WittySarcasm has 10 years experience as a BSN and works as a Rehab Nurse.

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I’m not sure if this is in the right area and sorry if I’m posting in the wrong area. 

But I’ve worked LTC and inpatient rehab for my entire nursing career. I’ve wanted to always work pediatrics but I’ve wondered about how is it best to try to get into the unit. I know just apply silly, but is there any certain path that would be best? I want to look good when I do apply even though I don’t have such experience.

 I’ve been on ortho and wound when I’ve had to float and I feel ok and safe and comfortable with it. But I know this is specialized and I was just wondering what others thought. Can I just jump towards there, or should I do another unit before moving on? 

Thanks. 

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not.done.yet has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Professional Development Specialist.

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Whether you just "jump in there" or do another unit, you will need to just "jump in". Apply to anything and everything that starts giving you experience pertinent to your goal. Since you are in LTC, see if you can get a per diem in a pediatric LTC or do some pediatric home health.

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