nicu hiring advice for a new pedi nurse

Specialties NICU


Specializes in Pediatric Renal/Dialysis.

hi all! I'm currently an new RN working at a children's hospital in pedi renal/dialysis.

I started in october and accepted this offer because it was at my dream hospital and I didn't receive any other pedi offers. 

through nursing school clinicals, I fell in love with nicu from the rotations I had at my current hospital. I'm still quite bummed about not being able to be in the nicu ? 

I was wondering if any of you all have advice for a new nurse that wants to move to the nicu within my current hospital. I'm certified in NRP and PALS, have had clinicals in my hospital's nicu, and have had leadership positions in multiple pedi organizations. 

I've heard some people say that getting stable certified and volunteering in the nicu may help. I am definitely interested in doing both of those things but wasnt sure if there's more I can do to increase my odds. 

thank you all so much! 

Specializes in NICU.

Not much you can do to prepare. STABLE is nice to have, but it is more useful with deliveries in L&D. It is not useful in the NICU.

Apply when there is an opening in the NICU. Until then, let your management know if NICU is short staffed and someone needs to be pulled from your department that you would volunteer. It will give you an idea of what it is really like to work there and will make you familiar to the NICU staff/ charge nurses when you get an interview for a NICU position.

Specializes in Pediatric Renal/Dialysis.

@NICU Guy thank you so much for your response! I appreciate it! 

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