Hi nursing friends! I'm hoping those with similar experiences can help me out. I am currently a registered nurse on the med-surg floor at my local community hospital. I have been in nursing for three years, but only in the hospital setting for approx 18 months. Although I love and appreciate all of the experience I have obtained in my current position, I am longing for a change. Med-surg, for me, has always been a means to lead to another specialty down the road. I always thought the specialty I wanted to learn was L&D, however lately I have been drawn to learn more about NICU nursing.
Do you feel that I have sufficient experience at this point?
How long do you think orientation would be for a nurse with my level of experience?
Do you know of any NICU units that allow nurses from other specialties and/or hospitals shadow for a short time in order to see if this unit is a good fit before actually applying for a position?
Tips in general?
Thanks so much in advance - I appreciate your input and really enjoy reading about others' experiences in the wonderful world of nursing. :)