I made up my mind with regards to the NICU

  1. For those of you who don't know me. I am a senior nursing student and I will graduate in May 2003. I decided to do my senior capstone in the NICU and hopefully I will get hired in the NICU when I graduate. Hopefully I will be able to do my capstone in the NICU.

    I am going to get one of the NICU textbooks some suggested on this board and start reading it during my winter break. We have four weeks off so I will start reading the book and studying for NCLEX as well.

    I am VERY excited about the area I decided on and hope that one day I will be REALLY good.
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  3. by   anitame
    Good for you! Congrats and good luck!
    Woot! Congrats Tonya! Godd luck to you!

    (and quit it with that "I hope I can" crap.....)


  5. by   nell
    Go for it Tonya!

    As one single mother to another, I can tell you that I know how hard you are working.
  6. by   Heather333
    Lots of luck to you........

  7. by   dawngloves
    Stick with the NCLEX stuff for now. Read the Merenstiens when you "relax" LOL! Good luck!
  8. by   Brownbetty
    Good Luck Peaceful,
    I did the same thing you are doing and I am so glad I became a NICU nurse 1 week til I am off of orientation
  9. by   NICU_Nurse
    Don't get the Merenstein and Gardner book for your break; get the 'Preemies' book mentioned in one of the other threads...I recommend this to anyone to start with. It is written for parents, but it's such a no-nonsense guide to the NICU that I *still* find it indispensible. ;>)
  10. by   Brownbetty
    Merenstein and Gardner is still a good book to have.
  11. by   NICU_Nurse
    I agree; However the Merenstein and Gardner book is geared directly for neonatal nurses and would not be the first place I would suggest that someone start. It is very detailed and may become overwhelming to someone who is not yet out of school. :>)
  12. by   peaceful2100
    I decided not to get the Merenstein text for now. I am going to wait until graduation. I decided for now instead of trying to focus on so much at once I am going to focus on NCLEX during winter break. If I don't pass the NCLEX, I won't become a R.N. In the NICU so therefore NCLEX is more important right now. I am devising my NCLEX study plan right now. Next week the midyear annual student nurse convention will occur and the best part of all is the fact that it is in my city. I paid the $50.00 to go to the whole thing including the mini nclex workshop they will have for a day and a half. It is not like a kaplans review but it is still really good. My cousin went last year and she said it really helped her a lot.

    Kristi, I saw the preemies book at my local library the other day and I will check it out as a book to read for winter break.