Theresa Richard and Rebecca Smith

The NICU is a highly sought-after setting for our field, so why would one leave their NICU position? In episode 236 of SYP, I have the privilege of talking with Rebecca Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLC, about her journey into the NICU and back again as she’s pursuing her PhD. Rebecca shares her NICU experience, tips for getting into the NICU, and the growing popularity of this setting. She discusses her experience with shifting to the outpatient setting and building that service line and shares why she opted for a PhD program. Rebecca dives into the research currently available in our field, how to use it, and how to add to it as well.

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In this episode, you’ll hear about:
-Rebecca’s experience working in the NICU
-The rising desire of SLPs to work in this setting
-Rebecca’s decision to change settings and pursue a PhD
-Rebecca’s approach to the body of research currently available and ways to add to this
-Tips for landing your dream NICU job
-Building outpatient service lines

As always, thanks for listening!