I am a relatively new nurse with two years of adult ICU experience. I recently have been blessed with my first son, who recovered after being in the NICU. The time I spent there really was eye-opening to me and sparked a strong interest to switch from adult nursing to neonatal.
I feel as though I am a very strong ICU nurse for my young nursing age, but I don't find it as fulfilling as I hoped I would. I find that we get into many situations where the work that we do isn't very satisfying, and can sometimes feel even pointless or torturous to the patients. I know that in the NICU, the work that I do would always feel purposeful, even if the outcomes are not desirable. Everyone that I spoke with in this particilar NICU (Level 3) had wonderful things to say about their jobs and satisfaction.
What advice would you guys offer me in terms of knowing if this is the right move for me? Is this an area that is generally accepting of males? Am I letting my experience and love for my son cloud my judgment? Let me know what you all think and if you or anyone else you know have made a similar switch.
Thanks in advance!