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Nurse of course!; from US
Specialty: 30+ year(s) of experience in NICU, PICU, educator

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  • Apr 8

    You don't need PALs at most NICU jobs. Almost all incorporate NRP and STABLE into their programs. Order Merstein and Gardner, great book.

  • Mar 27

    "I think part of this phenomenon is due to secretaries and unit clerks being from the lower socioeconomic strata of American women. They're on par with waitresses, cashiers, babysitters and act as low class as the group they originate fr


    Wow, I really can NOT believe you wrote that. Our secretaries are ANY thing but low class. Many of them go to nursing school or go onto other things. And Inwould NOT want their job for all the gold available. I hate when we don't have a secretary and we fill in....I don't know the first thing about all the different computer programs they use, where to find things, how to other items, and forget answering the 4 phone lines, transferring them and taking care of the 10 people at the desk who needs something. Take a step back and look at what you wrote. Not nice, not nice at all.

  • Mar 27

    Like what? We would be dead in the water without our secretaries!

  • Jan 27

    We had some good changes when we first were given Magnet, BUT we also had a stellar VP of Nursing....very involved, vocal, visible and a wonderful advocate. Enter the good old boy club who drove her out and we got the yes lady. Things that were out into place were discarded, we lost nursing positions and our Nurse Senate lost their say in a lot of things. Renewal comes up and the show begins again. This time, to impress, they tossed all nurses that didn't have BSNs off of committees that they have sat on and/or developed years prior. We had rally after rally, made a
    video with nurses singing and dancing, resumed a few things that had gone to the back burner, hand picked the people to
    go tobreakfast and lunch with surveyors. It is a huge show. Been thru it 3 times and plan on retiring before the next time!

  • Nov 6 '17

    Quote from GeneralistRN
    You can become a neonatal PA without working as an RN first, so why is it so scandalous to ask it you could become a neonatal NP without working first? PAs just have to do a one year residency in neonates where they are paid. Why shouldn't it be the same for NPs? Are nurses not as smart or something?
    Really? You are such a troll. Lol Are you even a nurse because you just cut yourself down also. The only program I know of is in PA and only accepts 2 per year, and you have to have PA experience. You start in a level 2 for
    the first half and then move to CHOP I believe for the rest. It's pretty intensive. I asked one of our attendings about it ( he is from there) and he said they take ones with ICU or peds experience only. And several of them were NICU nurses who went back to PA school, have their Masters and then applied for this. So it still isn't like you can just apply and do it. You are totally missing the point.

  • Nov 6 '17

    To become a neonatologist you have to do a 3 year fellowship, same for any speciality. It is on the same line. Do you think someone could walk in and be a neonatologist without ever working with this population? So I wouldn't say it is really too
    much different.



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