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  1. jo716

    How to get NICU job without experience?

    Wow thank you so much to everyone who replied with great tips and insights!! I've had experience in medsurg and mental health and working with families so hopefully parts of those experiences and skillsets will apply towards the NICU setting. I have actually looked into PostPartum but that's yet another place that mostly wants experienced nurses in the specialty. Nevertheless you all gave me a lot to think about and I feel more encouraged!! Thank you!!
  2. jo716

    How to get NICU job without experience?

    Thanks so much for your time and input!! I found it quite helpful Are there any courses online or otherwise that might help prepare me for the NICU setting?
  3. Hi, I've noticed that most hospitals require NICU experience in order to apply for jobs but how can one get into this specialty without any pediatrics/baby/NICU experience? Thanks!
  4. Sorry if that title had some grammatical errors ^_^, but anyway, I had my senior preceptorship in pediatrics, specifically on a surgical unit in a children's hospital. Since jobs are hard to come by right now I am wide open to all sorts of nursing jobs and I am wondering how I should go about tailoring my cover letter for each specialty (ie: psychiatric nursing, medical-surgical nursing, maternity)? My cover letter now is very much geared towards pediatric jobs, speaking of my previous job working with kids and my preceptorship. Would it be unwise to keep that preceptorship section in the letter if I am applying for an adult medical-surgical job, since I did use the same technical skills (of course I'd tweak the part about loving my work with kids)? I don't really have fantastic stories to tell from my adult med-surg clinicals, which is why I'm having this problem... Also, would it be fine to just use my precepting nurse and preceptorship instructor as main references even for adult med-surg job references? My adult med-surg clinical instructor probably doesn't even remember me anymore. Thank you!!!
  5. haha, well actually i did ask near the end of my preceptorship and there weren't any openings in the foreseeable future at the time. But i ended up calling today :)
  6. Hi, how soon should I call the nurse manager of a unit if I applied for a job on the unit and shift that i precepted on (to let her know i applied/am interested/etc.)? I applied yesterday, and the job was posted the day before. Should I just call today to let her know i applied and am interested or wait till...Monday (that'll be the third business day) so that she has had more time to review the applications? Thanks
  7. Hey all, So aside from exercising and waiting for the good news from job applications, what are some fun/constructive activities to do in the meanwhile (on a budget, since, as you may know, i'm unemployed - hence this thread :) Also, what's your take on finding a temporary job in the meantime?
  8. jo716

    What # of questions did u pass the NCLEX with?

    i passed with between 110-120 questions, in 1hr 45min. I was more aware of my time than the number of questions since i knew that pacing myself was more important than the actual number of questions (which you really have no control over)