How do I become a neonatal nurse?
Your Question: OK, I'm quite confused on how to become a neonatal nurse.
I am a junior in high school right now and I am taking physics and its very confusing, I was wondering if I have to have physics for any type of nursing especially neonatal nursing?
I also have a technical school where I live and they offer LPN and RN nurse courses, could I take this first and then go to a university to specialize in neonatal? Or do I have to go to a four year school altogether to become a neonatal nurse? Please help! Thanks.
Lexy---NO WORRIES!!! You are not the first to be extremely confused about how to become a neonatal nurse.
I will direct you to our nurse education page for the major details. There you will find even more links about the different degrees in nursing. I suggest you take a look at the difference in associate degrees (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing degrees (BSN), and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Here is a brief rundown though of how this works:
You don't need to do anything special in the beginning. You will need to first become a Registered Nurse (Sidenote--For someone your age I HIGHLY recommend getting your BSN or ADN, not your LPN).
After you get either your associate degree (ADN) or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), you will take the NCLEX-RN examination. Learn more about the NCLEX by clicking here.
Next you will apply to a neonatal unit at the hospital of your choice. Once you get accepted into a position, you will then get all the training you need, from that unit, to become a neonatal nurse.
Fair warning to you Lexy...neonatal is a popular nursing career. Don't be surprised if getting that job takes you a few years. Don't get discouraged though, just grab another job and do everything you can to impress the neonatal unit (things you will learn as you go through school)!
Check out our baby nurse page for even more info!
I hope this helps! Let us know in the comments section what you think!