I will be graduating from a BSN program this December and need some guidance. I have heard from many nurses, professors, and mentors that new grad RNs need to work Med-Surg for their first year to gain experience and learn to be a nurse. I have also heard from nurses I've spoken to that it doesn't matter, each unit is different and to go after your desired specialty. I want to pursue NICU nursing in a residency program but have zero nursing experience (CNA,PCT) on my resume. I have volunteering experience in a children's hospital and leadership positions, but my only work experience is within the customer service range. So my question is, would a NICU hire me or any OB unit? Should I just bite the bullet and work med-surg for the first year to gain that experience even though its not where I personally would enjoy going to work?
Thanks so much!