Becoming a Neonatal Nurse

Becoming a Neonatal Nurse

Kimberly Barajas, contributor

  What is Neonatal Nursing?

  • Neonatal nursing is a subspecialty of nursing that works with newborn infants born with a variety of problems ranging from prematurity, birth defects, infection, cardiac malformations, and surgical problems.
  • Neonatal nurses care for those infants who experience problems shortly after birth but also care for infants who experience long-term problems related to their prematurity or illness after birth.
  • Approximately 40,000 low-birth-weight infants are born annually in the United States.

What to expect as a neonatal nurse?

  • You can make a difference in the lives of infants and their families.
  • You can expect to work in a hospital setting, either in a level II nursery with less acutely ill or convalescing infants or a level III nursery with the most critically ill patients.
  • Neonatal critical care is provided around the clock and on weekends and holidays, so you can expect to regularly work 12-hour shifts, though some nurseries offer 8- and 10-hour shifts or other flexible options.

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