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What does it require to become a NICU nurse?

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Hi Jaynie! The NICU is an incredible place and although the work can be challenging, it is extremely rewarding. After graduating from nursing school and obtaining your RN license, it is a good idea to gain experience in a less critical setting (new born nursery, pediatric med/surg) where you will perfect your clinical nursing skills. This experience will be extremely helpful in forming a solid foundation to your nursing practice and aid in a smooth transition to the NICU. Working in the NICU requires exceptional critical thinking skills as well as the ability to think on your feet in a fast-paced high-stress environment. NICU nurses are not only confident in their own practice but also team players, it's an exceptional learning environment personally and professionally. I hope this answers your question!