I posted yesterday about concerns re: not having a BSN and being able to work in NICU. That was the info I was getting from my recruiter. I took matters into my own hands today and called the nurse manager of NICU and I'm so glad I did! She told me that they require a BSN for new grads only!!
They start a fellowship in October which is, I believe 6 months. So, if I'm hired, I'll get a really great orientation. I can't tell you how relieved I am. I'd been thinking about trauma ICU and the ED, but NICU has been in the back of my mind as well. When I read your postings and what you all loved about it, it just became more and more obvious that NICU will be a great place for me. One thing I love about nursing is developing relationships w/ patients AND families; according to what I've read here there is plenty of that. And I want to be challenged, which I know I will be. I was kind of sick thinking that I wouldn't be considered because I don't have my BSN, and now I am so relieved. I feel that sense of,well, I don't know what exactly, but I've been having a hard time deciding what exactly I want to do; knowing it's time to do something different. Nothing really made me feel easy, like it was meant to be, until I started really looking at NICU.
I'm sure I'm rambling and making no sense, but I just have such a sense of relief and happiness right now about what path I've chosen, that I wanted to share. And to thank ALL of you for helping me find my way.:kiss
Now I have to start reading up on neonates! I have NO idea how to take care of anyone that weighs less than 100lbs!