Preparing to be a NICU Nurse

  1. Hi everyone! I will be graduating in May 2019 and currently work in the NICU as a PCT and have been there for almost 3 years. I am pretty much a shoo-in for an RN position once I graduate May I add that I will be the first and only male NICU nurse in my unit haha

    Anyway, I want to prepare as much as I can until then and was wondering what you recommend I use to better prepare myself:

    1. Any specific books?
    2. Any specific online courses?
    3. Any associations I should join? (NANN?)
    4. Any certification you think would be beneficial? (ACLS, PALS, NRP, etc.)

    Any advice you have to offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  3. by   jennylee321
    Merenstein & Gardner or Core curriculum for neonatal are the go to intro books.

    NRP is usually part of orientation so probably don't need to do it before hand especially if you are a shoo in. PALS & ACLS are not used in NICU so not necessary.

    Try to learn some basic knowledge about breastfeeding.
  4. by   NICU Guy
    We need more men in the NICU. I am outnumbered 150:1 in my (300 RNs) unit. We only have 2 male nurses on the unit. I work dayshift and another guy works nightshift. I work with 35-40 females each shift.
  5. by   ARuiz2015
    Thank you!