Neonatal Nurse
                      Samantha Lee

My Career Goal: If I were to go into nursing, I would like to become a neonatal nurse.

Career Overview:

If I were to become a neonatal nurse I would be doing tasks such as preparing the women and their families for giving birth and caring for the women during labor. After the baby is born I would monitor the baby and the mother. Monitoring the baby includes changing their diapers, taking their temperature, feeding them formula or breast milk, and giving them cuddles. Other duties include inserting and changing IVs, administering blood transfusions when necessary, and drawing blood for various testing.

Career Skills & Interests:

* very good interpersonal skills

* Have empathetic understanding for the parents and other family members

* An interest in new-born babies

* A good understanding of the physiological and psychological needs of the new-born

* The competence to work in a highly technical area

* The ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team.

Career Working Conditions:

Most neonatal nurses work in hospital settings. A few have positions in the community, providing home care or follow up of high risk infants. Neonatal nurses may work in a level 2 nursery with less acutely ill infants or in a level 3 nursery with the most critically ill patients. Because neonatal critical care is provided around the clock neonatal nurses can work 12 hour day or night shifts. Some nurseries offer 8 and 10 hour shifts or other flexible alternatives. In this job it is likely to be in unpredictable and stressful situations. This job can be emotionally draining.

Career Wages and Outlook:

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted a growth rate of 31% for this profession by the year 2022. This is a much higher than average rate of growth, and surpasses other nursing growth rates such as registered nursing. The median salary for a neonatal nurse is $90,000 a year, but this rate can increase with experience and additional academics.

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Program of study:

1. You need your associate's degree or bachelor's degree in nursing to become a  Registered Nurse (RN)

2. Usually, nurses should have 1-2 years of experience in a third level neonatal intensive care unit before going into a a program concentrated on just neonatal nursing to get their graduate certificate or masters degree in that specific area

Program Admission:

In order to get into a secondary program of nursing you should have taken 2 English Language Arts classes, a higher level of math or calculus, biology, and chemistry. You must pass all these classes with a minimum of 70%

Program Coursework:

Nursing training starts during school in skills labs and real-world clinical settings. After graduation, training is provided by the employer, both in classes and in the NICU through a mentorship or preceptor program. This training may take six weeks to three months, depending on a nurse’s prior experience. After this training, you have to pass the NCLEX to get and NICU RN license.

Training Options:

~ University of Minnesota- Twin Cities  

~ Saint Cloud State University

~ Minnesota State University- Mankato

~ St. Olaf College

My College Choice: MSU

- Size & Location: Located in Mankato, Minnesota. Student to Faculty ratio is about 25:1. The number of undergraduates enrolled is approximately 13,504.

- Admission requirements: Your admission to Mankato State is based on your percentile of your high school class(Top 50%), and if you have met the college preparation standards (the number of years you are required to take of English, Math, Science, etc). If you are not ranked within the top 50% of your graduating class, but have an ACT composite score of 21 or higher and have met the college preparation standards your application will be reviewed on the strength of your college preparation course work, GPA, probability of success, and the ACT score. Mankato does not require the writing portion of the ACT.

- College Expenses: Instate Tuition is around $7,557. Room & Board is around $7,768. Other required expenses such as books and supplies average around $3,500.

- Financial Aid: This college has a variety of grants, scholarships, and loans available. The financial aid form is FAFSA. The percent of undergraduates receiving financial aid is 77%.

- Housing: They have a variety of resident communities that vary greatly by size, locations, the number of rooms it has, and if laundry is available. Some have typical house features,  apartment features, or standard dorm features.

- Activities: Football, women's swimming, ice hockey, men's hockey, women's volleyball , soccer, and golf are just some of the athletic offerings mankato has.

                             Work Cited

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"Neonatal Registered Nurse." Education Portal. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,               n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2014.

Steele, Anne. "Neonatal Nursing Careers & Salary Outlook." 2014 Nurse Journal             org Neonatal Nursing Careers Salary Outlook Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 22           Oct. 2014.

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