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NICU Guy has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

“Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”― A.A. Milne

"A person’s a person no matter how small." Dr Suess                                                                                      "Sic Parvis Magnus- Great things come from small beginnings"

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    Goals while working with a preceptor

    Identify the common medical issues that cause babies to be admitted to the NICU (RDS, Gastroschisis, cardiac anomalies, HIE, etc. ) and the special care required for each issue.
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    When I was in nursing school, our class sat in the audience of a monthly BON meeting. There was a school that had been on probation for several years for poor NCLEX scores. One of the members of the board asked "Why do we keep giving this school more...
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    What's the magic formula?

    Do you think that this might be the issue. You may be applying your previous knowledge to test questions. There is a saying in Nursing "NCLEX is not real life". Tests are based on information in lectures and textbooks. If you are using past experienc...
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    Want to Be a Nurse but Hesitations

    There are plenty of us (introverts) in healthcare
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    Weird Interview, is this the new normal?

    That is a poor way to interview someone. When I was a new grad, I applied to four different units at the hospital. The recruiter asked me what my number one choice was. She said that if I was not offered my first choice, we would move onto the second...
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    Nurses Setting the Stage for Safe Infant Sleep

    We recently had a baby that was born with ALCAPA. Anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a congenital heart defect in which the left coronary artery arises abnormally from the pulmonary artery. Normally, the left and rig...
  7. Since a vast majority of nursing school and NCLEX is about adults, I have forgotten 95% of what I learned in nursing school since I have been working in the land of the "little people".
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    RNFA or CRNA?

    I just watched this interview with a CRNA on YouTube today. Very good information on the pathway and the career.
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    Senior Preceptorship

    When I was in nursing school, I had two choices for a NICU Capstone/Externship. The first option was a small Level II that was local (10-15 drive) or a Level IV at a children's hospital 1.5 hrs away. I chose the Level IV because it would give me the ...
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    Do you need to keep your initial license active?

    Endorsing to any other state should not be an issue, except California. Endorsing to California seems to be a lot more complicated and time consuming. I have never tried and have no desire to endorse to California. It is best to contact California BR...
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    How long after NCLEX do you get your license?

    Many states will post a license 1-2 days after passing NCLEX. California seems to be in the several weeks to month timeline. I am not sure if it is volume of nursing applications, lack of staffing, disorganization, or combination of all factors.
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    CDC update on masks

    My hospital group (five adult and one children's hospitals) announced a couple weeks ago that masks are optional for all visitors and employees (excluding isolation areas).
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    NICU Dosage help

    number 2: pumps are set for ml/hr not ml/min. everything else checks out. good job
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    New Grad NICU RN Feeling Ashamed. What to do?

    Confidence and increased skill level comes with experience. When you were learning to drive a car, you were scared that you were going to do something wrong and get into an accident. Once you got your license and started driving on your own, that fea...
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    Archer NCLEX RN review

    I would look closer at Archer. There is a big thread on r/nursing subreddit about Archer. They are claiming that Archer is a scam. I have no personal experience with Archer, but do your own Due Diligence.