What Are the Requirements to Become a Neonatal Nurse?

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In order to become a neonatal nurse, a person must go through a nursing program, they must pass the NCLEX board certification exam, and they would have to go through an orientation in a hospital's NICU. Learn about the mentor program that new neonatal nurses must go through with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on neonatal nursing requirements.

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My name is Josie Minks and I am a nurse in Austin, Texas and I'm going to talk about the requirements of being a neo, neonatal nurse. And to become a nurse first of all, you have to go to a nursing program; can be two years for an Associates or three years for an Associates degree or four years for a Bachelors degree and you take the NCLEX and pass the, the test to become board certified and you have your RN certification and then you would go to work for a hospital and have your orientation which could be for a NICU or a Neonatal Intensive, Intensive Care Unit; could be maybe two months up to a year and then have a mentorship program after that with somebody kind of guiding you and able, available to ask your questions. And so that would give you the education requirements to be a neonatal nurse and then to actually work as a neonatal nurse, you would want to have compassion. You may want to be bilingual 'cause you're dealing with parents so you're going to have to explain the diseases or the problems or the management and care for, of the babies to your parents so they can manage the babies care. And then you will need to know Math skills and calculations in order to do dosage; calculations and know medications and pharmacology; the whole nursing spectrum and, and these are the requirements to be a neonatal nurse.

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