Neonatal nursing jobs are in demand all across the world. In the United States, there is a need for neonatal nurses everywhere a person looks, because of how specialized the care is for neonatal infants. For registered nurses interested in neonatal nursing jobs, the search starts at local hospitals.
As with most nursing jobs, it is a little easier to find a night shift job as opposed to a day shift job, since night shifts tend to be harder to cover. That said, night shift opportunities in the neonatal intensive care unit often pay better due to the higher differentials. A hospital neonatal nursing job, regardless of shift, will require an internship in the neonatal intensive care unit for new nurses, or nurses new to neonatal care. Veteran neonatal nurses may find a shorrter orientation and training period.
Neonatal Contract Nursing and Neonatal Travel Nursing Jobs
Neonatal nurses also have the option to pursue contract nursing and travel nursing, which allows for a nurse to seek nursing job opportunities outside their home city or state. Contract and travel nursing jobs tend to pay a higher salary, and may include housing accommodations as well.
Contract nursing involves signing a contract for a specific period of time, usually for full or part time hours. Contract nurses make a higher salary, but do not partake in benefits provided by the healthcare facility they work for.
Travel nurses are sent abroad, to wherever they are needed. Neonatal nursing is in high demand nation-wide, so for the nurse who is eager to set out and earn some very good money, neonatal travel nursing might be the way to go.
Both contract and travel nurses usually find their positions through a nursing agency that acts on their behalf. For nurses seeking these types of nursing opportunities, finding an agency is the first step.
Neonatal Agency Nursing Jobs
Neonatal agency nursing involves working for a nursing agency within your city. An agency nurse is not associated with one healthcare facility or another, but rather can work at numerous locations if the need arises.
The way this works is when a hospital ends up short on staff for an upcoming shift, they will call the nursing agencies to see if any nurses are willing to work that particular shift. The agency then calls their nurses, neonatal nurses in this instance, to see if any want to work at that facility for that shift. They have the option to accept or decline.
The brilliance of neonatal agency nursing is that a nurse can choose to work whenever he or she wants, and make a very good salary doing so. The down side is that work is never guaranteed, and the nurse cannot partake in the extra benefits usually provided by hospitals and other healthcare facilities.