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how do you become a neonatal nurse

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Dennis’s Answer

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How to Become a Neonatal Nurse
Neonatal nurses need confidence as well as skill. Some infants are very tiny and very fragile.

Neonatal nursing units require experienced, adept nurses. However, they utilize some new grads as well. Although one can achieve RN licensure with an associate's or bachelor's degree, the BSN can be better preparation for a neonatal intensive care unit. Some premier hospitals offer residencies to new graduates. They often require the BSN.

These residencies can be competitive in other ways. They may value high GPA, prior experience working with a similar age group, and other honors or areas of service. Whether or not NICU residency is offered at a particular time may depend on the needs of the facility. Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, MultiCare Health System, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital- Stanford are among those that offer an NICU residency at least some of the time.

Sometimes talented students even get some experience in before graduation. Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, for example, has a pediatric externship program that could potentially put a student in the NICU (http://www.chkd.org/Careers/Nursing-at-CHKD/Student-Nurse-Externships/).
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Kerrie’s Answer

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To become a neonatal nurse, you would first have to become a nurse. There are two-year and four-year degree programs, so I would suggest doing research out about local or online programs that best suit your needs to see what the requirements are for getting into nursing school are, as sometimes this is a lengthy process. As you are waiting to get into nursing school, you can finish the prerequisites for undergraduate courses (I completed mine at a local junior college to save a little money before nursing school). You will most likely be required to work as a CNA in a hospital before nursing school, so I would also look into applying for a CNA class and start that as soon as possible, as this will be a great way to get into a hospital to start working, you may find a CNA job on a Pediatrics unit, and you may be able to find a hospital that can help with tuition assistance for nursing school.
After you have graduated from nursing school, usually the neonatal units will hire new graduates or other nurses into a program where they are mentored while taking care of the neonatal patients. If you are already working in a hospital, this may give you the advantage to know about positions opening up, otherwise, you will have to keep your eyes and ears open for positions like this. Depending on where you live these positions may come up often or not very often; usually, neonatal nurses stay in their positions for quite a long time.
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Yvette’s Answer

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Neonatal nursing is a specialist area in nursing. You will first need to become a Registered Nurse in an accredited program preferably the Bachelor in Nursing degree. You will also need certification in Neonatal Resuscitation and Neonatal Intensive care nursing. You will most likely work in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and It is beneficial to acquire certain amount of clinical nursing in a hospital setting. It is a high paced and high skilled area of nursing in which you will be highly competitive and gain invaluable experience. Good luck and go for it especially if you love to look after babies.
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Estee’s Answer

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If you are interested, just go for it and apply! Every hospital has certain requirements and programs. It never hurts to go out there and apply.
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