Is it high stress???

  1. Hello, I am finishing my RN, but after plan on getting my masters to be a NNP. Anyway, my question is I have recently heard bad things about working in the NICU. Many people tell me it is VERY high stress. I mean I know any nurses job is, but that the NICU is very very bad when it comes to stress. And not only that it is very emtionally trying, which I could see. Is this true? If so i am okay with it I just want to be prepared for what to expect! Thank You
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  3. by   fergus51
    I don't find it any more stressful than I did L&D as far as the work or the patients go. Some people have told me I am better able to handle it emotionally because I am not a mother myself, but I think the reason is that although it can be very sad, we do have a lot of good outcomes as well.
  4. by   NicuGal
    I don't think that it is the place for everyone, but I also don't think that it is higher stress than anywhere else. It can be slow and you can get 8 admits in one shift, it just depends on what is going on.
  5. by   Mira
    Best thing is for you to have the final say. I have worked in the Operating Room in an area where there is a high rate of stabbing/shooting incidents. I have worked in Endoscopy in an area where GI bleed is common-all stressful,full of adrenaline rush,speed and skill are essential to save a life ,the physician will do the thinking for you(i.e.let`s do this maneuver to get that jagger out). I said I`ll try NICU for 1year but until now I`m still in and no plans of changing area of nursing. All I can say is if you would like to be intellectually challenged stick to NICU.