Just looking for a little advice

  1. I am currently a nursing student in an ADN program that is two years long. I very much want to work in a NICU (1st choice). If not a NICU, then L&D (2nd choice), then Maternity (3rd choice), then Peds (fourth choice).

    I just got hired at a hospital that has a level 3 NICU (could someone tell me what this means?) to work as a unit secretary in the hospital's maternity department.

    Is this a good thing? It feels like a good thing to me. Also, can anyone recommend anything else that I can do to increase my chances of being hired to work in a NICU? The hospital is very aware that this is the route that I want to go and I believe they will try to accomodate me. But what else can I do to get my first choice?

    Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
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    About Aradien, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

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  3. by   Imafloat
    Are you a nusing assistant? Perhaps when a job comes open in the NICU for your current postion you can put in for it. Do you have a senior practicum? Our last quarter of school we had to work with a nurse, I worked in a level 3 NICU and it has helped me get my foot in the door.
    Good luck to you!
  4. by   Aradien
    Quote from MyBSNin06
    Are you a nusing assistant? Perhaps when a job comes open in the NICU for your current postion you can put in for it. Do you have a senior practicum? Our last quarter of school we had to work with a nurse, I worked in a level 3 NICU and it has helped me get my foot in the door.
    Good luck to you!
    No, I am not a nursing assistant. I have to be certified and I won't be able to get that until I finish my first semester of nursing school. I'll look into your suggestion regarding a senior practicum. I don't think I have one but I'm not sure.

    Thank you for your suggestions!
  5. by   EricJRN
    Terminology varies from facility to facility, but a Level III NICU means that they likely work with some of the sickest kids (pts on ventilators, etc).
  6. by   Aradien
    Quote from EricEnfermero
    Terminology varies from facility to facility, but a Level III NICU means that they likely work with some of the sickest kids (pts on ventilators, etc).
    Thank you Eric for taking time out to explain that to me.
  7. by   cathys01
    If you are just doing your first semester of nursing school, then I probably wouldn't be making any decisions on what you want to specialize in...just yet. There were so many things I enjoyed during nursing school that about every 8 weeks I'd change my mind... I started out wanting NICU before I ever went to nursing school, then during school decided I wanted adult ICU, no wait now I want OR, no wait I really like ER.....etc. Finally did my NICU rotation and realized that it really was where I wanted to be after all.
  8. by   Aradien
    Quote from cathys01
    If you are just doing your first semester of nursing school, then I probably wouldn't be making any decisions on what you want to specialize in...just yet. There were so many things I enjoyed during nursing school that about every 8 weeks I'd change my mind... I started out wanting NICU before I ever went to nursing school, then during school decided I wanted adult ICU, no wait now I want OR, no wait I really like ER.....etc. Finally did my NICU rotation and realized that it really was where I wanted to be after all.
    Hi Kathy ,

    I will consider what you said. But I am pretty sure that NICU is where I want to be. I have been exposed to other kinds of nursing, not all of them for sure, and I really like working with babies. Not just because they are cute, which I think they are, but because I just feel I have an affinity for that kind of nursing. None of the other departments I have been exposed to have given me that feeling. But I am open to possibilities.
  9. by   Kattabba
    Hey -
    I am just finishing my 2 year ADN program - I would highly recommend that you take the Unit Rep position in L&D.

    I worked this summer in a Level 3 NICU in a Nurse Externship program. I did this externship between my 3rd & 4th smester. I then stayed on in the NICU as a Unit Rep. I am learning so much by having stayed on at the hospital. Also - the Unit Reps often "cover" for each other between L&D and the NICU. It will give you a great foot in the door - and it will also get you used to different orders and protocol. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    The previous response about a Level 3 NICU is correct. Most NICUs that are level 3 are considered the "highest" level of care. We I work we have an intermediate nursery - otherwise known as a Level 2.

    Good luck - If you have any questions - feel free to e-mail me -

    Nursing School, NICU stuff, anything :-)

    Holly

    P.S. Check into Nursing Externships - they are GREAT opportunities.

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