I want to become an RN…what type?

-I recently got out of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I was in the PICU for 2 days, and a recovery room for 4. i have always had a slight interest in a nursing career, and am wondering what types of nurses i saw while in the PICU/recovery rooms. i am really persuing my nursing career. i want to be the the type of nurses that i had while staying at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. anyone know what kind of nurse that is?
-Also, what type of nurses work in the hot unit at the hospital (cancer care)?
-Does it take a special degree to work at a Children’s Hopital and not just a normal one?
-Do you do any on-the-job medical training while in college?
-Can you get a summer internship at a hospital without any nursing training, kind of like a pre-college thing?
-Do RN’s who earn a bachelors degree earn more $ than those who only earn an ascociates degree?
-Any other info about RN’s, nursing, medical field, LPN, ect. would be greatly appreiciate
Also, does it take any special degree or training to work in the ICU, PICU, or NICU, or do you have to start nursing on a less-intensive floor of the hospital?

Does it take anything special to work with different areas of the hospital as a nurse, and if so, what are they?

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  1. Classy Granny says:

    I hope you get lots of answers here from nurses. I work in a hospital (I’m not a nurse) Nurses are the backbone of any hospital. They do work in 12 hour shifts sometimes for a full week with no day off. Sometimes they are disrespected by doctors and they can’t do much about it because some doctors think they are GOD. Choose you special field by where your interest are.

  2. It is a Registered Nurse that works in a PICU or any type of ICU setting. Many hospitals do not use LPNs anymore so it is only RNs.

    It does not take any special degree or extra training to work at a Childrens Hospital, nor does it take any special training to work in any of the specific units that you mentioned.

    In nursing school, you are trained to work in a variety of settings, including pediatrics. Once you are licensed, you are qualified to work in any position that lists RN in the title. Job-specific training comes from your employer during a rather lengthy orientation process where you work one on one with a preceptor who is greatly experienced on that unit, and they also have you sit in on many classes which teach you about things you need to know, for example, if you were working in a PICU, you might have a class dedicated solely to the equipment used in the unit, like vents, IV pumps, central line monitoring, etc..

    During nursing school, many hospitals offer summer internships for student nurses, to be done between the first and second year of your Associates Degree program or between Junior and Senior year if a Bachelor’s Degree program. This would be an extra benefit to get your foot in the door in the Children’s Hospital, as many of these facilities offer their interns guaranteed jobs after graduation – although it might not be guaranteed in the exact unit you want to work in.

    It’s hard as a new graduate to get into any kind of critical care environment like PICU. No matter what specialty you want to work in, you’d greatly benefit from working in a regular medical / surgical unit for about 6 months to a year, where you will have the most variety of experiences in common health problems, medications, treatments, etc. This will form a solid foundation in your nursing practice, and transitioning to other areas like PICU would be much easier on you.

    In a regular staff nurse position at a hospital, the difference in pay between a BSN nurse and an ADN nurse is hardly anything – my hospital pays about $1 more to the BSNs. So there is no real practical need to get the BSN first – many people get their ADN, then find an employer who offers tuition assistance to pay for them to complete their BSN. And in the long run, you are better off earning the BSN because it will increase your knowledge of the profession itself, increase your leadership and management skills, and therefore you will be a better candidate for promotions beyond bedside nursing.

    Be aware that getting into any nursing school is a competative process, and you might not get in the first year you apply. Work hard at keeping your grades up in your pre-requisite courses and other general education courses which you will earn for your degree. Apply to multiple schools to increase your chances at getting admitted.

    I did not agree with the other answer when they said the doctors treat nurses poorly. It can happen, but that’s not the norm. The nursing profession has changed from years ago, and we get far more respect in the workplace as professionals than we did years ago. These kinds of ignorant, abusive behaviors are not tolerated and there is a process to report physicians or other medical staff that “don’t play well with others”.

  3. There are many roads that lead to an RN license.
    1. A Diploma program is run by hospital owned schools of nursing. You will do all of your clinical work in that hospital and its affiliated locations. The clinical time and nursing training is high, however, academic courses are few. This usually takes 3 years to complete and you are eligible to take the NCLEX when complete.
    2. An Associates Degree program is offered by community colleges and techinical schools. Here, you will take several academic-college level courses as prerequisites to your nursing classes, followed by nursing courses and clinicals. This takes 2.5-3 years and you, again, are eligible to sit for your boards upon completion.
    3. A BSN program is offered by 4 year universities. This is a fully academic program that will offer you a liberal arts education with a major in nursing. This is a 4 year program and, upon completion, you will be eligible to take your boards.

    Many of the research type hospitals, like the one you describe, are beginning to hire BSNs (check for minimum requirements). Any additional training that your intended position requires should be provided by the hospital.
    Also, check for shadowing opportunities as this varies from institution to instituition.

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