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NICU with an ASN?

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by L&D_2b L&D_2b (Member) Member

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I was just wondering if you have to have your BSN to work in the NICU? I'm a career changer (current teacher) that will start the local CC's RN program in the fall. I'm changing careers due to my love of the NICU. Would it be possible for me to gain employment in a NICU with only my ASN? If it depends on location, I would be seeking employment in the Western PA/Eastern Ohio area.

Thanks,

Marci

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EricJRN has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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You might get more area-specific answers in your state forum, but where I am, we have RN's of all educational paths in our NICU.

Eric, RN, ASN

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TiffyRN has 26 years experience as a ADN, BSN, PhD and specializes in NICU.

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Our unit hires RN's; regardless of how they obtained them. I feel we get more BSN's in our particular area as opposed to my hometown but it's simply because there are several BSN programs in this area. As far as I know there is no extra consideration given to BSN grads vs. ADN. Course, I'm in the Southwest, I couldn't tell you have the market is in your neck of the woods.

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nicumom specializes in NICU.

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I am in eastern PA (suburb of Philly) and I was hired in a level 3 NICU with AD as a GN. I would suggest calling your local hospital and see if they will hire you as a tech. I know it is much easier to get into a NICU if you have experience as a tech in this area

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cherokeesummer specializes in OBGYN, Neonatal.

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I am graduating from a diploma program (although I do hold a BA in another subject - Psych) and am starting my NICU job in September. But I imagine it varies by state.

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