I was hoping to get some advice from other peds nurses.
I'm a new grad. I graduated with my BSN last May. I worked in an adult Level I cardiac ICU for 6 months. I recently quit due to the hour and half commute, and because I despised working with adults.
I'm also 5 months pregnant. I have been working PRN for a peds agency doing PDN, and since quitting my hospital position I now work for 2 peds agencies as a PDN. I think it's better for me being pregnant. More flexibility and not as stressful. I would like to stay home for a while after my son is born and continue to work PRN.
My question is, do you think it will be difficult for me to eventually get back into acute care peds? Ultimately I want to work in the NICU. But I would be happy with a floor position in any peds hospital. I don't know when I'll want to go back to work full time after my son is born, but I know I've wanted to do NICU since I started nursing school. It is my ultimate goal. I love PDN, but I think eventually I'll want acute care again.
Will working per diem as a peds PDN help me? Or will my lack of acute care experience hinder me? I know 6mo isn't long, but dang I can't even describe how much I learned in those 6mo working in the ICU.
I also am hoping to take as many trach and vent patients as possible between now and when I want to go back full time.
Any advice is helpful. Also, any suggestions on how to highlight my skills as a peds PDN on my resume to appeal to acute care managers would be great.
Thanks so much!!