Another Newbie

  1. Hey there ladies.
    I am so stoked to see such an active forum about the NICU nursing field. I guess that I'll start with a bit of a bio of myself. My name is Stacy. I am currently working as a CNA (in an old folks home ), and attending a Comm. College to complete my prereqs for nursing school! I have decided that I WILL be a NICU nurse because of my daughter. I am the mommy to two girls, Skyler, who is three, and Zoe, my angel baby. She was born Dec. 14, '02 and was a 29wk gastroschisis baby with EXTENSIVE gut complications (bowel necrosis, illeal attresia, intestinal malrotation, microcolon, etc). Mind you, she was also an IUGR babe at only 2lbs 2oz. She passed away Feb 27th of this year due to cardiac arrest (which was caused by hyperkalemia that occured after her kidneys shut down in a g-tube/fundo surgery), and is my entire motivation for returning to school!!! I am hoping that with my two and a half months of NICU "mommy" experience, that I will be able to keep up with your medical lingo here! I'm off to read some posts!
    Take Care,
    Stacy
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   pengland1965
    Stacy
    First let me say Im so sorry for your loss. I hope all goes well with you and you get where you want to be.
    Welcome to the board. Im very new here myself. But I love reading what everyone else does in their unit. Sometimes it is nice to vent just a little with other people who understand the NICU world. As a NICU mom, you definately understand. You also come to the board with a unique perspective. Welcome Paula
  4. by   neonatalRN
    Wow Stacy, I am in almost the exact same situation. My son died June 10 after 5 weeks in the NICU. He also had bowel necrosis, and cardiac arrest due to hyperkalemia from his kidneys shutting down. His main problem was that he was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, had 8 fractures, started bleeding internally soon after birth, and that damaged his organs. His autopsy report should be back soon, then I will know more of what happened.

    He is also my motivation for being an NICU nurse. I already knew I was going to be a nurse, just didn't know what area, but now I do. I feel I will be able to relate to the parents well and it will be a good way to honor Ethan. I am really looking forward to school starting in just 3 weeks!

    Heidi
  5. by   Shamrock
    Welcome aboard
  6. by   salvati08
    I too would like to tell you welcome and sorry about your loss. I also think it is wonderful that you want to be a NICU nurse. I wish you the best of luck!
  7. by   cindylouwho
    we have 3 nicu moms as nurses on our floor and they truly are more caring and understanding with parents.....good luck to both of you...

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