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Anonymous44 BSN, RN

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    What would you do?

    That’s a good point. I was in Peds and I had some issues with being left out of the communication loop between management and my preceptors and I was consistently not getting what I needed orientation wise despite me advocating for myself. I live in an at will employment state and within 90 days you can be terminated for any reason and I think I stepped on some toes by sticking up for myself. I do not think it was performance based and I think I could do better in a different environment. I very well might not be ready for ICU but how does anyone know before they try? My main question is: is being terminated going to be an obstacle for the rest of my nursing career or if I already have another job lined up would it not be a big deal? And is it worth turning down an ICU job? Probably a question only I can answer for myself.
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    What would you do?

    Hi Friends! I am a new grad who was recently released from orientation after an almost mutual decision. I did not officially quit so my status will be ‘terminated’ if I do not accept another position within the network. The only positions available for new grads within the network now are on progressive care units which I am not opposed to but not where I picture myself. I have an offer for a SICU and I’m waiting to hear back from 2 other ICUs from outside hospitals. ICU is where I want to be and what I want to do as a travel nurse eventually. Before anything gets crazy I don’t think I am too good to do step down I just wonder if it is worth staying at a hospital I don’t love in an area I don’t want to be in to avoid termination when I already have another offer for the area I do want. I think that PCU experience would probably help me but is it more helpful than transferring directly to ICU? I don’t know if it’s worth putting off my goals for another year (ish?) and resetting my timeline on my goals to be a travel nurse (2 year minimum in the speciality before I can take assignments)? Just wondering what y’all think is the best course of action. I know it’s never good to be terminated but I don’t know how much it will affect my future especially if I have another job lined up.
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    Normal new grad feelings or not feeling NICU?

    I think I have finally realized it is more about the unit culture than the NICU itself. When I wrote that I wasn’t even getting higher acuity level 2 babies I was only having feeder growers for over half of my orientation.  Thank you all for your comments!
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    Normal new grad feelings or not feeling NICU?

    Exactly the way I described it to someone else. Fortunately for the babies but unfortunately for adrenaline junkies most of the kids in there just need help breathing and eating.
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    Normal new grad feelings or not feeling NICU?

    I've been doing level 2 for about 4 months. I guess I just pictured this being a higher acuity than it is and not really what I was looking for. I am not ready to give up on NICU yet. I love attending deliveries but if I were to move to L&D my focus would be on the moms and a lot of units require at least a year of experience.
  6. Hi I am a new grad who landed her dream position in a level IV NICU. I had been a volunteer cuddler, and a tech on a busy med surg floor all through nursing school. I had a bunch of great job offers, the one that I accepted in NICU and two in adult ICUs and I really struggled making a decision because I felt passionate about both specialities. I recently passed the NCLEX and I am finding myself bored on orientation. We do level 1-2 training for a year and then we are going to learn 3-4. There is obviously a lot to learn and it is a whole other population and I am probably offending people by saying I am bored but it's true and I worked on a dumpster fire of a unit as a tech and got used to that pace. I don't like PO feeding and I didn't picture myself feeding 12 bottles every shift and I'm not even sure I like higher acuity babies. I cant tell if I am struggling to adjust to a post grad lifestyle (going from working, volunteering, being in nursing school and being in a sorority to just working), the current pandemic causing me to only leave my house to go to work, if I am bored in the NICU or if its all of the above. I want to do travel nursing ASAP like right now if I could, but I know I need 2 years experience so I don't want to waste any time because whatever I work for 2 years in I will do traveling. Part of it is probably because it's such a massive unit and we staff multiple areas and it's hard to get to know anyone so I haven't made many friends yet. At the same time, I am not sure I am ready to give up baby snuggles when I have extra time. I guess what I'm asking is, is there anyone out there that didn't immediately love the pace of NICU but grew to love it?