Neonatal Nurse

Look after newborn babies in the hospital nursery.

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Salary Range
$44,000 – $95,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Neonatal Nurses do?

As a Neonatal Nurse you work as the primary Caregiver to infants in the intensive care unit. However your job doesn’t end with the babies: In addition to taking care of babies, you give comfort to their worried parents. Often, with the complicated births that necessitate checking babies into the hospital, as a Neonatal Nurse, you will also get stressed out parents who have many questions about their child’s ailments and care. So you will be working double duty to comfort both sides of the issue.

Your daily tasks in taking care of these small infants as a Neonatal Nurse will be to give them scheduled diaper changes, feedings, and sometimes, just cuddling them. You will also take temperatures and administer medications if need be. If parents are able to visit, you’ll also be responsible for giving them training sessions on how to care for their baby.

Depending on your experience and level of training you may also be asked to change IVs and make blood transfusions. Whatever your position in the NICU, you are expected to do a significant amount of charting, and to keep updates for both the Doctors and the parents.

Should I be a Neonatal Nurse?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Perinatal Nurse, Prenatal Nurse

    How to become a Neonatal Nurse

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