Nicu Nurse Research Paper

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NICU is a neonatal intensive care unit, which cares for babies from birth to possible two years of age. I would find a NICU in a children’s hospital or even possibly a regular hospital. The reason I want to be a NICU nurse is because my little cousin, Joseph, was born prematurely in May of 2004. My parents and I went to visit him and this made me realize how fragile life really is. Since then, God has placed a desire in my heart to become a NICU nurse. Some say that becoming a NICU nurse is a “calling”; I say it’s a blessing from God. First of all I have a very sincere desire to want to help and care for babies. I have to be able to watch success, and see some failures. Failures being the babies that do not survive, but I have to remember they are sent from God; therefore, He…show more content…
Then I have to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for RN’s to become a Registered Nurse. Next I have to have lots of hands on training in the NICU. First, I should decide on the college of my choice. My choice would probably be Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN or Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, TN. I also need to take into consideration how much money college is going to require. After I complete the required college courses, I will have to decide on a hospital to work at for a few years, this is called an internship. An internship usually means working with possibly a head nurse, or a nurse who has several years of experience. Someone might say, “Where would I work as a NICU nurse?” I would work where there is a NICU unit, this is usually in a children’s hospital or a large local hospital. I would work 12 hour shifts, 8-10 hour shifts, or even flexible hours. I might even have to work days, nights, weekends, holidays, and work when others can’t work. The pay I would earn per hour ranges from between $20.00 and $40.00. The annual salary is usually about

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