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Joined Oct 20, '09 - from 'Virginia'. karnicurnc is a Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has '19' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'L/D 4 yrs & Level 3 NICU 15 yrs'. Posts: 173 (30% Liked) Likes: 81

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  • Oct 27 '16

    I am a neonatal CNS who graduated in May of last year. My hospital paid for me to go to school as the state requires a CNS in a Level III or higher NICU. I am 1 of 11 CNS's in my hospital (a large teaching/tertiary regional facility) and we are well-utilized in the system. I have received offers from other centers looking for a neonatal CNS, so maybe it depends on what your focus is on. I am lucky to have quite a bit of autonomy in my role, and for that I am grateful. When I went to school I was 1 of 2 neonatal CNS students and our plan of study was a hybrid - taking classes with NNP students and adult CNS students. This year that school opened up a dedicated neonatal CNS track.

  • Oct 26 '16

    I am a neonatal CNS who graduated in May of last year. My hospital paid for me to go to school as the state requires a CNS in a Level III or higher NICU. I am 1 of 11 CNS's in my hospital (a large teaching/tertiary regional facility) and we are well-utilized in the system. I have received offers from other centers looking for a neonatal CNS, so maybe it depends on what your focus is on. I am lucky to have quite a bit of autonomy in my role, and for that I am grateful. When I went to school I was 1 of 2 neonatal CNS students and our plan of study was a hybrid - taking classes with NNP students and adult CNS students. This year that school opened up a dedicated neonatal CNS track.

  • Sep 17 '16

    The healthcare team should stop asking the parents if they want everything done to save their baby. The team should tell the parents that all that can be done is to provide comfort care and let the parents hold. Choices such as coding with chest compressions, bagging, and meds should not be offered. Until the team steps up and offers a humane and dignified scenario, we, the NICU nurses, will have to continue to fight this battle for the babies.



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