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What CRNA schools truly accept NICU experience?

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Algal91 has 7 years experience and specializes in PNICU.

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Hi. I have some experience with adults (2 years on Medical surgical floors and 1 year doing home care and hospice). I am currently work in our PNICU and have been here for a little over two years. Although I work in the PICU and then NICU my PICU experience is limited and I have mostly been in the NICU. I applied to a local CRNA school last year and they recommended that I move to a different unit for more experience with drops. Since covid 19 I was offered a position but they had to put all hiring on hold and the offer was retracted. That being said, I won’t have adult ICU experience prior to the next application deadline so I am looking into applying to more schools that will accept my current experience in the NICU. I have experience with high frequency ventilation and nitric, standard intubation and ventilation, blood product administration, IVH and micropreemie care, cheat tubes and I’ve had one patient on dopamine. I’ve found schools online that day they accept NICU experience but the few I’ve contacted say they prefer adult experience even though their site says they accept NICU. I’m wondering if any of you personally know of schools that truly accept and value NICU experience. Thank you! 

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NICU_Nightingale has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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A fair amount of schools take NICU experience but the caveat is us NICU nurses need way more experience years wise and also work in very high acuity units. Two years isn’t enough NICU experience in my opinion and only having one dopa drip is telling. Focus on gaining experience and you’ll be in a better spot once you start ☺️

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I know that Emory’s Program in Atlanta accepts NICU and PICU. I was interested in going NICU however I don’t want to limit myself. I live in Georgia and when the time comes to apply to crna school, I might have to or want to go out if state. So I’m going to try and get CVICU experience. The NICU will always be there!

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Algal91 has 7 years experience and specializes in PNICU.

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6 hours ago, NICU_Nightingale said:

A fair amount of schools take NICU experience but the caveat is us NICU nurses need way more experience years wise and also work in very high acuity units. Two years isn’t enough NICU experience in my opinion and only having one dopa drip is telling. Focus on gaining experience and you’ll be in a better spot once you start ☺️

What schools do you personally know of taking NICU experience?

 

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

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I have 7 years experience in the NICU and all the schools I applied to last year take it - Gonzaga, Texas Wesleyan, and Emory, for example. Programs have their admission requirements listed on their websites. Find schools you like then dig into their websites to find out if it's a good fit for your experience.

Adult ICU experience is always going to be preferred over NICU. You need to find other ways (certifications, education, conferences, etc) to make yourself stand out among the pool of applicants.

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From your description of the unit you currently work on, you need to transfer to an adult ICU for at least a year, if not more, to be adequately prepared for anesthesia school. You will be responsible for multiple vasoactive drugs at the same time and looking back on the experience I had before school, I would've had a way tougher time transitioning had I never worked with these drugs before. And the overall pharmacology is only a piece of the knowledge you gain from working in an adult ICU. Also, the vast majority of patients you will be caring for in the clinical setting will be adults while in school. After the restrictions are lifted, make it a priority to find a job in a large university setting, if possible, as these settings allow you to care for the sickest of the sick and look the best on an application. Hope this helps and good luck!

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