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PinkRose34 has 4 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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I'm just curious what everyone's opinion is on this topic.

I currently work on an adult surgical unit, but my dream job is to one day work in peds or NICU. The hospital I work at doesn't have a peds unit, but it does have a NICU. I'd like to get my foot in the door by volunteering on the unit, but I'm not sure if it's considered taboo to volunteer at the same hospital I work at. (FYI, I'm also planning on making myself more competitive by joining associations r/t neonates, take classes, get PALS and NRP in the near future)

Thoughts?

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Reach out to the volunteer department. They may be able to tell you if there are any policies regarding employees who also wish to volunteer.

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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It might be more useful to befriend the manager of the unit and get time to come in and shadow on your days off.

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PinkRose34 has 4 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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Thank you so much for your responses! I plan to do this later in the future, maybe in a year after I've given birth and go back to work after my maternity leave.

I did join Shared Governance so that I can start networking with people in other departments, more specifically those in NICU. In fact, the manager of NICU is in one of my workgroups, so I'm hoping over time I can get acqauinted with her and ask if I could shadow a nurse there.

Thanks again!

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