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JennyRN2B

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    Roll call: Tell us a little about you

    My story goes like this... I am a 33 year old, happily married, mom of three. All of my kidos are in school this year. Wa Hoo for no more preschool $$$. I am in my last year of nursing school. It has been three years of hard work. My Fall semester is Med surg and Psych nursing. I have completed my Ob/Peds rotation. I am hoping to do my preceptorship in the NICU in Jan. I had two days of shadowing last semester in the NICU and fell in love. When I entered school I had thoughts that the NICU would be for me. The shadowing experience sealed it. I guess this time next year I will need to change my log in name. I never dreamed I would still be posting some four years later... Glad to meet you all!
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    I guess I'm not going to puke...

    WAY TO GO!!! :balloons:
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    Is it a good idea, when interviewing...

    Great point.........An ideal answer to the "how do you see yourself in blank years" question, is, especially in nicu ... "I would like to concentrate on obtaining a solid foundation in nicu , learn all I can and perfect the skills needed here". i believe a manager wants to believe that the nurse she is thinking about hiring will always be in the position she is hiring for... I know she doesnt really believe that will always happen,and obviously it doesnt.... but ya know what I mean.......another good goal to tell about would be NICU certification.... shows your motivated, but not neccesarily thinking about leaving a position where you really need alot of time put in to be truly "seasoned", right off the jump. Makes perfect sense to me! I think your answer to that question is a great one. I will make a note of it. Also, would you mind explaining about NICU cert? How does this work and exactly what is involved. I will come into the NICU with my critical care cert., however, I know and expect they will put me through addition training more pertinant to the area of NICU. Thanks so much!
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    Is it a good idea, when interviewing...

    Gompers, Thanks so much for our input. I agree wholeheartedly with your post. I know so much can change in one's life and future plans. While the NNP route is something I have thought about pursuing in the future, who knows, once I have actually been in the unit I may not desire to do anything else. Only time will tell. My children are still in school and I do not want to be so busy with work and school that I miss these important years. (This would be one reason to wait.) School has definatly been tough and I am excited about finally being done for awhile. Thanks again Gompers, I look forward to talking more in the future.
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    Is it a good idea, when interviewing...

    Right, I guess I thought about the 12 hour shift part and decided I would actually prefer them. However, I really did not give much thought to the idea of not seeing my children on Christmas. That would truly be a bummer and I can totally understand having to work those days due to being new. We have dealt with my husbands crazy schedule due to him being in the Air Force, but mine has never been an issue. Thanks for your reply Sparky!
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    Is it a good idea, when interviewing...

    So, what did you say? It would have taken me a few minutes to come up with an answer for that one. Jenny
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    Is it a good idea, when interviewing...

    Is it a good idea when interviewing to let the unit know of future goals such as pursuing my NNP? I know that for me, one thing I am looking for in a hospital is tuition assisstance. However, I was unclear if my future goal would help or hinder me. I would not start back to school until I have had a couple of years of just working the unit, and even then I plan to go part time. My husband and children and ready for mommy to be out of school. :chuckle Any other questions that might be asked would be extremely helpful. I want to make sure I have some time to think about some of the things I would say. Lastly, did you guys purchase pantsuits for your interview or a skirt and jacket? Is this as important as I have read? All thoughts are appreciated. Thanks guys! Jenny
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    How soon to apply..

    Hey Liz, Thanks for the info. I too thought I had read that for sure I should apply in Jan for a summer position. I hope to be in the unit in Jan doing my preceptorship. We will have to wait and see how it goes. :) Jenny
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    How soon to apply..

    Well it just doesn't get any better than that does it!! Keep us posted on how it goes.
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    How soon to apply..

    Thanks for your reply. Did you have a formal interview or just an application? I have been watching the hospitals list of employment openings and have found that the NICU seems to have at least two openings at all times. Good luck on your career and NCLEX. Jenny
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    How soon to apply..

    Hello everyone! I am looking for opinions on how early to apply for a position to the NICU. I graduate May 06. If everything works as I am hoping, I will precept in the NICU that I am looking to get hired in. If not, how early should I think about applying? I did a shadow day during my peds clinical and fell in love with the unit. It is a level III and the staff was very welcoming. Thanks for your responses, Jenny
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    PDA's-Are They Worth It?

    Are they worth it...YOU BETCHA!! I have a Sony Clie and never leave home without it. I have had it for about two years. It is truly a lifesaver. I have a drug guide, diagnostic program, lab guide, and several other programs which have proven themselves to be very useful during clinicals. I am in my last two semesters and consider it to have been my best purchase in nursing school next to my shoes. :) Jenny
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    oh wise ones...

    Found it!! You don't have to reply to my specific question, unless you just want to. I found my answer. Greetings to everyone again and have a happy 4th.
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    oh wise ones...

    Hello all, I am in the last year of my 4 year program and have just completed my peds and ob clinicals. I spent 6 weeks in the L and D area which included the well baby nursery. I m looking to do my preceptorship in the nicu and think I have a very good chance of being accepted. I did two shadow days in the NICU and feel in love with the place. I knew when I entered nursing school that it was the area I was interested in. After having spent time shadowing, it sealed it for me! Most of my fellow nursing students do not understand my passion for this area but that is the beautiful part of nursing. There is a place for all of us. :) My question is, do most feel that going straight into NICU is acceptable without doing a stint in well baby first? I searched the forum before I posted and did not find any specific posts addressing this question. Most of the posts were about new grads and med surg. Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. Have a Happy and safe 4th!! Let freedom ring!! Jenny
  15. Two more semesters to go at St. Louis University!! Enjoy the summer! Jenny
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    If money were no option...

    Thanks for the input. I don't think you can go wrong with either but I thought I would just see what owners had to say about theirs. Thanks so much, Jenny