My name is Jennifer and as you can all see I'am a new member here at allnurses.com Though i am not a nurse yet as this moment, nor am i a medical student, i would like to know what are the procedures in becoming an NICU, as i am very anxious to start school for this field. If anyone has any information as to where i can go to school here in New York City, and what field specifically i should study, please do not hesitate in sending me a message. Thanks for your time and your cooperation in this matter.
Have a wonderful day,
Feb 13, '07
Are you talking about working in Neonatal Intensive Care?
First you must become an RN and go through RN school. Then you apply for a job in NICU. The RN is the starting point, and then it's on the job training after that. I would research your local schools and talk to an adminissions counselor.
Feb 14, '07
So when i go to school (CUNY), am i suppose to get an associates and then go to RN School, or do i have to get a Bachelors and then go to RN School. How many years in total do i have to go to school for to be a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)?
Feb 14, '07
To be an RN in any unit, you need to pass the NCLEX; passing this licenses you as a Registered Nurse (RN). In order to take the NCLEX, you have to be a graduate of an RN program at a Community College (ADN), Hospital (Diploma) or a 4 year College or University (BSN). During your schooling, you'll have lecture instruction and clinical experiences in a wide variety of settings, possibly including NICU. Once you are an RN and working in a hospital, you can apply to any unit in the hospital, including NICU.
Does this help?
Feb 15, '07
Hi Jennifer, welcome to allnurses!!
Check out the NICU and New York forums, lots of great information. Good luck to you!!