We all know that there are unique and sometimes devastating challenges/circumstances in our line of…
Found my new favorite nursey tumblr, guys…
What? What! I love nurseeyeroll! If you’re not following her yet you should be! She takes tons of time to answer questions and she (or he? don’t want to be presumptive!) has not only great insights but a great sense of humor too!
1. Write your own mission statement; Not all recruiters require this, however a written objective for you personally may help keep you focused on what you are aspiring to do. E.g.,for a recent nurse graduate; “To work within an acute care setting, that encourages communication and fosters…
Hi I was wonder as a nurse if you could answer me this question.I have recently spent a lot of time in a hospital and seen a need for Spanish speaking interpreters.I've thought of becoming one as I am fluent.Would this be a needed job? In general? :)
I don’t know what the market is like but I can tell you that there are absolutely days that I can’t get through without our awesome interpreters. Head’s up though: as many hospitals are looking to save $$$ they’re using interpreter lines - phone systems that link into a call center - versus in house interpreters. I’m not saying that they’re not there, but it’s much more likely in my opinion that you’d be sitting in a cubicle vs being at a hospital.
Whats better? A bachelors in nursing or associates? If you had the chance to go back would you do BS instead? I'm going into my 2nd year of college & I'm doing BS but your Associates degree story seems so nice & quick that I'm starting to rethink.
There are definite advantages to both for sure. I have an ADN but quick isn’t the way I’d describe it. As I was working full time while going to school (nursing is a second career for me) so I spent nearly 3 years in classes before even getting into the program. Then there was the two years of nursing coursework to be had. So 5 years to get a “2 year degree”.
More and more hospitals are looking for BSN grads. I don’t like it, but it’s the way that it is. Also, as I look forward to moving up the ladder I am severely inhibited in what opportunities are open to me.
The long and short of it is that I will end up with at least a BSN… and it’s going to be another 2 years of coursework on top of what I already have.
The ADN is definitely the nice and quick in the beginning for most people but I say if you have the time and resources, go for the BSN now.
I'm a NICU RT but I feel like so many of your posts apply to us as well. Thanks for the laughs.
Oh my gosh, yes! Our RTs are our brothers and sisters in arms. I love it when I can look across the bed to the RT and know exactly what she’s thinking (whether in an emergency or just that eye-roll “I can’t believe the resident/parent just said that” kind of way).
I'm thinking about going into an accelerated nursing program. But I have an 8 month old baby and still need to work. Should I try to apply or wait until he's older? I'm afraid of not being able to handle the workload. Please help?! Thank you.
Hi there! Of course I’d love to say you can do anything you set your mind to! And of course to a certain extent that’s true. But there’s only so many hours in the day. Nursing is a demanding program but I had been impressed more than once by my classmates who were juggling full time jobs and kids and school. It can be done! You just have to decide if it’s something that you can do too.
In the end, I’m going to have to throw this one out there to the group since I didn’t do an accelerated program. Has anyone done an accelerated program? What do you think?
Hey! I start my NICU residency this Monday. I was wondering if there were any books you would recommend for me to read or any other helpful resources/tips? I'd really appreciate it, thanks!
so sorry for the delay in response! click here for a link to another blog post that has some resources i put together for some other nurses in your same position.
i really like this book and am currently working through it in my down time at work.
mostly though you’re going to be cramming so many new experiences and information in that brain of yours i’d say just relax a little bit and have it come to you at an easy pace. i was so worried and so consumed with everything and trying to learn as much as i could i didn’t really give myself time to just pause and enjoy the experience of being a new nurse learning about something i loved. i remember thinking so often that so much of what i learned in school didn’t make a lick of sense until i got to experience it first hand.
i hope you’re enjoying it and learning some great things. most importantly, welcome to the world of nicu nursing!
Hi there! I just graduated nursing school and I have an interview coming up for the NICU :D Can you suggest any ways to prepare/any common questions they might ask? Thanks so much :)
some questions often asked in nursing interviews are (be prepared to give examples of how you’ve done each!):
how do you multitask?
how do you deal with angry families?
how do you deal with a difficult co-worker?
how do you advocate for your families?
how do you prioritize your care?
how do you deal with stress?
what was a time that you know something that you did positively affected the care your patient received?
talk about a time you saw another nurse, care partner, or doctor doing something incorrectly. how did you handle it?
what would you do if someone asked you to do something outside of your scope of practice?
one of my favorite interview questions of all time was, “tell us about your proudest moment in patient care”. it was one of the first questions they asked me and it not only set a great tone for the interview but it also gave me a free pass to talk myself up a bit.
also just as important is to come to the interview with your own questions. some examples are:
what’s your nurse to patient ratio?
what is it about your unit that makes your nurses stay year after year?
what model of care do you use? (i.e. use of care partners)
what qualities do your most successful nurses possess?
I sure hope this helps! Good luck with your interview!
Hi, I found your blog through the NICU nursing tag, and I'm just wondering if I could get some advice! I'm looking to become a NICU nurse and I'm just wondering what steps need to be taken to become one (schooling, degrees, certificates, how long it usually takes etc). There's lots of information out there about general nursing, not so much about specialized. Any advice at all would absolutely help, thank you so much!
so sorry it’s taken me a while to get to all the wonderful “asks” in my inbox. things have been a little crazy in my world.
here are the basic points to answer your question:
get a job! i went for a competitive nurse residency program and it was the best decision of my life. these programs are specifically designed to transition the new graduate nurse to professional nursing. http://directory.ccnecommunity.org/reports_residency/resaccprog.asp i was able to choose a pediatrics track and then was matched to the nicu. if this isn’t something that’s available to you finding a job in labor and delivery, pediatrics, or any icu experience will generally be enough to get you in the door.
certifications required are your basic life support and then once you’re a nicu nurse your neonatal resuscitation provider which teaches you how to recover an infant in distress in the delivery room setting. some hospitals will want you to have pediatric advanced life support as well but i’d wait on this until you know for sure.