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One year in, need advice!

Romey RN Romey RN (New) New

Hello! I'm a second year nurse finishing up my first year in a level 3 NICU (first year spent on a med/surg floor). I LOVE working with infants and don't see myself doing anything else in nursing! However, I am finding that the NICU I work in is lacking in opportunities to care for critical babies. We rarely have vents, uv/ua lines, cooling cases, drips, surgical patients, etc. And when we do there are 5 nurses standing line to care for them (as the newbie, I'm at the back of that line). There doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm for teaching.

I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to where I might find a great teaching hospital that will give me the opportunity to build my skill set. I am flexible and can go just about anywhere, though I prefer the west coast/east coast/northwest/southwest.

I feel fairly comfortable with intermediate care and continuing care infants, and I enjoy working with that population and their families, but my ultimate goal is to travel and I want to be sure I've got the confidence and skill to hit the ground running.

I would sure appreciate any suggestions and/or feedback anyone could offer! Thank you!

I would look into signing up for a travel nurse position! Pay Is grest and most of the time they pay for your housing and expenses too...also you get to experience a bunch of different areas. And if you find one you like you can stay there :)

I would look into a teaching hospital that has a level III or IV NICU such as a Children's Hospital. I would not recommend traveling if you don't have the experience taking care of sicker kids. Good Luck

NicuGal, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU. Has 30 years experience.

If you want to travel get level 3 experience, you will be expected to be able to take care of those kids with a very minimal orientation to the unit. Try to get into a University Hospital, and if you don't have a BSN, get one, it will make you more marketable. Good luck!

West Coast: UCLA's Level III/ IV NICU is top notch

East Coast: Georgetown University Hospital-level III NICU

or try the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

All three are awesome teaching hospitals. Best of luck with whatever you decide to do.