I Have My BSN. What Do I Do to Become a Neonatal Nurse?
When you first decided you wanted to become a nurse, you may have always known you wanted to work in neonatal nursing. Or perhaps you did not always know that you wanted to be a neonatal nurse, but discovered it while you were going through the course of your education or while getting some work experience as a nurse. Either way, the path to becoming a neonatal nurse has many steps. If you already have your BSN degree, however, you are almost halfway there.
Getting the BSN degree is the hard part. Once you have the BSN degree, take a moment and just celebrate the fact that you worked hard and earned that degree. Then, you must take the RN licensing exam and pass it. Once you get that out of the way, you need to work as a nurse for two or three years. During this time, you will be exposed to many different specialty areas of nursing. This nursing experience will allow you to be certain of the nursing field you would like to specialize in. It would not be good to go ahead and get all of the certification stuff out of the way and then realize you do not really enjoy neonatal nursing care.
After you are quite certain you do want to specialize in neonatal nursing and you have gotten some nursing experience under your belt, it is time to take the classes you need to gain knowledge in neonatal nursing care. You can become certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, Neonatal Intensive Care, or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Of course, you can become certified in all three and make yourself more desirable on the job market. The more specialty certifications you have, the better you will look to future employers. So, if you have the time and the ability, it would be in your best interest to get certification in all three of those specialties.
After you have achieved all of that, all that is left to do is look for neonatal nursing jobs to apply for. Depending on where you live, there may be a lot or there may be very few. This is definitely a field where you may have to relocate in order to find a job as a neonatal nurse. Do not be afraid to relocate in order to find your dream job as a neonatal nurse. As long as you get to work in the field you want to work in, it does not matter where you live. Just be sure to become licensed in the state you are moving to.