Nursery Nurses?

  1. Hi my name's Troy (I'm a girl), I'm a junior in high school, and I'm seriously thinking about changing my career goal from becoming a doctor to becoming a nurse! I know that I would like to work with newborns and I think that the job title is a nursery nurse but I'm not sure... I've been trying to find information on it for a school project but I haven't been able to find anything except job applications for hospitals that aren't even in Alabama... If anyone could help me find job descriptions, salaries, required education levels- anything of that sort I would REALLLLLLY appreciate it! Thanks!
    --Troy
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   NessaNurse
    I oculd be wrong here but the "nursery" nurse with the healthy babies is probably a post partum nurse. For the sicker new babies thier are NICU nurses. And if the babies are a bit older then they go to a peds floor, (then I get to see them). Hope everything goes well for you in school. I really wish I had did HS via homestudy and went to college early So think about it , maybe
  4. by   MIA-RN1
    Quote from iheartbabies
    Hi my name's Troy (I'm a girl), I'm a junior in high school, and I'm seriously thinking about changing my career goal from becoming a doctor to becoming a nurse! I know that I would like to work with newborns and I think that the job title is a nursery nurse but I'm not sure... I've been trying to find information on it for a school project but I haven't been able to find anything except job applications for hospitals that aren't even in Alabama... If anyone could help me find job descriptions, salaries, required education levels- anything of that sort I would REALLLLLLY appreciate it! Thanks!
    --Troy
    I am going to be graduating with my two-year degree (Associate's Degree) I will be an RN and I am going to be working as a post-partum nurse. I'll be taking care of mothers and their babies after delivery in the hospital. I'll have four mother/baby couplets to care for. I hope that helps you!
    Maybe you should call local hospitals and ask about the pay etc or even better, call the nursing department at your local colleges for information.
    Good luck!
  5. by   iheartbabies
    Thank you both so much! I'm going to take the advice that you guys gave me and hopefully I'll find everything that I need. I think that the University of Alabama in Birmingham has a Nursing Scholars programs so I'm going to look into that too
  6. by   BabyRN2Be
    Hi Troy,

    Welcome to Allnurses.com!

    If you get the chance, you may want to talk to your HS guidance counselor about "shadowing" a postpartum nurse for a day (or at least a few hours). Your counselor would know the best way to set this up. This way you'll know exactly what a postpartum nurse does, as opposed to a nurse who assists in the delivery of a baby (a Labor and Delivery nurse), a nurse who works with moms/babies after birth (postpartum) or with sick babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    If you have a community college close by, you may want to talk to the nursing program (if they have one) to see if you can get more information about being a nurse.

    I wish you the very best of luck in whatever you decide to do.

    Kat
  7. by   Mississippi_RN
    Well, in our hospital, we have Maternal Health Services, which is our "float pool", but each section is seperate from itself. The Labor and Delivery nurses are responsible for the routine vaginal deliveries, initial suctioning of newborn, and then they bring it into the nursery where the RN there takes over with weight, and other measurements, vital signs and initial assessment. In a C-Section, there is a Labor and Delivery nurse as RN circulator (as in any surgery) and then the RN from the Nursery is there with the Pediatrician on call to receive the baby. Then, the RN from the Nursery takes the baby wrapped up to the nursery and does initial care, whether it be IV therapy, oxygen therapy or facilitate an intubation. We stabilize all of our "bad" babies before we call for the transport team IF they have to be sent on to a larger hospital. Then, the mothers will go out to the postpartum wing where they begin their recoveries and the baby stays in the nursery with the nurses there. So, really there is a such thing as a "Nursery Nurse" and we do more than baby sit and feed all the time.

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