New Grad NICU Support Thread - page 16

Calling all New Grad NICU nurses...thanks to a thread started by NurseDevonL, we have decided to start a support group. Hopefully some of our more experienced NICU nurses will look in every so often... Read More

  1. by   nwatson83
    I want to become a nicu nurse, and I recently talked to the clinical manager of the nicu at the hospital I work at and she was explaining to me that i will have a lot of competition with experienced nicu nurses when i apply, was it difficult for any of you to get your job in the nicu? I really want to prepare myself...any help/info would be great. thank you!!!
  2. by   VintageSwagger
    Hey everyone,

    I am a recent new grad (May2013) and I am currently interviewing with multiple hospitals for NICU residency positions. NICU nursing is the reason I entered the profession and I am so excited to be on the verge of my first position in a NICU. I would love to hear any advice regarding preparing for my first position and for the NICU in general. I completed my preceptorship in a level III/IV NICU and loved every minute if it. I can't wait to join the employed RN's out there and begin this amazing career.

    The programs I am interviewing for include: CHLA (Los Angeles), Texas Children's (Houston), Randall Children's (Portland), and Mary Birch Women and Newborn (San Diego). If anyone has any advice on any of these programs I would love to hear from you. Thank you so much!
  3. by   gonerunning88
    I graduated last december and passed my boards! Earlier this month I got a job offer for a position in a Level II NICU. I'm looking forward to begin the GN program in February! I'm a bit nervous since nursing school didn't really go over much of neonatal care but i'm confident the vast knowledge will flow in once I get on the unit ^.^
  4. by   ARN2908
    Hi all!, new RN starting in level 3 NICU ! good luck to all pray for one another to provide courage and strength to care for the tiniest miracles
  5. by   Mindylane
    Can I restart this thread?

    I'm on week 5 of my NICU orientation. I am LOVING it so far... have had amazing preceptors (although my current one is TOUGH but incredibly knowledgable and experienced) and she started me out with the toughest patients. Didn't waste any time. I am sometimes overwhelmed and feel inadequate, but then I am reassured that everyone started there. For example, I was doing a heel stick, and first couldn't milk the poor baby's foot enough to get the blood out... then it clotted and I had to do it all over again. The next time I tried, I got TOO good at it, and the same baby had blood running down his leg. Poor little guy, but I did manage to get the whole sample without having to stick him again. It's a lot of work, but totally worth it!
  6. by   Esperanza35
    Hi everyone! I graduated in Dec 2013 and started in a level III/IV medical-surgical (non L&D) NICU in February. I have been off orientation for about 3 months. I love my job, but we see the sickest of the sick on our unit.
  7. by   Satori77
    This is a great thread. I took two days to read through the whole thing. It is nice to know many people are getting NICU jobs right out of school. The more I think about it, this is the only place I see myself. I just can't picture myself working with adults (except maybe OR, but they are asleep, lol). I'm so scared of getting through school, not changing my mind about working only here, but not getting a job in the NICU.
  8. by   VintageSwagger
    I love working in the NICU!

    When I graduated, I knew that there was nothing else I wanted to do besides NICU nursing. I am so blessed to have found a position with an amazing hospital on a level IV NICU. The patients I get to care for each day are so much more critical than during my preceptorship (capstone), and I see cases every shift that have issues I have only read about. This is truly the best job in the world!

    Keep in mind that everyone is nervous, scared, riddled with anxiety, and feels like a failure in the beginning however, it does get better and you will begin to feel more competent. Good luck to you all.
  9. by   cro12
    I have an interview for NICU and wanted to know if anyone has advice for peer review interviews?! I'm so nervous and I know about all the "tell me about a time" questions but what if I don't have a time when something like that happened, I don't want to feel stumped and not have an answer! Thank sin advance! Also any good questions to ask the NICU nurses during the peer interview?
  10. by   cmary
    I am just finishing up my orientation and have been warned by others that once I am off orientation, I will get a lot of the sicker babies, and LOTS of admissions. I guess their thought is to throw you right into it all, so that you get accustomed to these types of patients and environments. HOWEVER, I find this to be a bit unreasonable, and yes, unsafe. Shouldn't you progress into the types of patients you take care of? Last week (week 8 of my orientation) I had a stable 24 weeker (2 days old) on the oscillator, a chronic 90-day old baby on NC O2 with constant desaturations into the high 60s low 70s, and a pretty healthy newborn r/o sepsis who took PO feeds. Luckily, I was still orienting so I had the help of another nurse if/when I needed it. I felt very comfortable working with each baby, but having all 3 together seems crazy! What happens when the 24 weeker becomes unstable, or the chronic baby doesn't come up on his own after a major desat? I feel like our patient assignments have been so heavy, and makes me a bit nervous if I will be thrown right into these tougher assignments!
  11. by   Bortaz, RN
    I don't believe that is a safe assignment, even with an experienced nurse helping you. You're also not likely to be learning anything in that situation.
  12. by   zeus&lincoln
    Misread the pp post. I thought she said baby was on iNO not a nasal cannula. Deleted post.
    Last edit by zeus&lincoln on Sep 13, '14
  13. by   zeus&lincoln
    Also I think you should get tons of exposure and experience with admissions so long as you have a strong team able and willing to help you along. You'll never feel comfortable with those kinds of kids until you get a few under your belt. You just need a good group of nurses that can support and develop you. Don't hide/ be scared off from taking care of those critical kids... You need that experience. Ask tons of questions and you will usually get tons of help in the beginning.