Education Required to Be a Neonatal Nurse

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A neonatal nurse must be an RN who has earned their associate's degree or a bachelor's degree, and they must have gone through an orientation program. Find out how different hospitals require different levels of education with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on neonatal nursing education.

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My name is Josie Minks and I am a nurse in Austin, Texas and I'm going to tell you about the education required to be a NeoNatal Nurse. So, first, you have to be an RN, which means you've gone to a two or three year school to become either an Associates Degree or a Bachelor's Degree and then you've taken the NCLEX which is the test that makes you certified to be an RN. Then you can work in a level one or a level two or a level three nursery and that hospital, whichever hospital you choose to work in, can determine the level of education required. So, you'll have an orientation, which, if you're in a level one, which is a like healthy newborn, then you might need maybe a two month orientation. If you work in a level two, which is intermediate care, then you might have a little bit longer. If you work in a NICU, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, then you might have maybe a year long orientation process. Then you would probably have a mentor for maybe another year or so, that kind of helps you, you can ask questions, kind of guides you throughout that year. So, these are the requirements to be a neonatal nurse.

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