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what previous experience do you need to have to be a neonatal nurse


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Kerrie’s Answer

To become a neonatal nurse, you should have a BSN degree and then look for a hospital that will take new graduates. For example, a hospital might offer an internship or residency program and then offer an option to be hired after the completion of that program. I feel this is the best way to get the knowledge needed for a specialty area.
I did this as an OR RN-I was able to do an internship over the summer the year before I graduated nursing school and was placed in the perioperative setting. This allowed me to work directly with a preceptor and realize first-hand what was expected of a perioperative RN. After graduation (about 2-21/2 years), I then found for a program that was 6 months long for nurses that were new to the OR setting. After the successful completion of the program, I was offered a job with that hospital in the OR.

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Brenda’s Answer

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The requirements of neonatal nursing is an RN license, this is different by state as far as minimal education requirements. Most NICU's look for nurses with at least one year of experience (to get basic nursing skills down) and then offer a training/preceptor program to learn the intricacies of preemie care). Many offer an internship. NICU's have different levels with level 4 being the highest (surgical and intensive care)

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Amy’s Answer

Hi Sabrina,

To become a neonatal nurse, you will need to complete a bachelors in nursing program at a college (normally a 4 year program). You can also complete a bachelors in another science field and then go back for a 2 year nursing program.

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