I am currenly a RN on a peds hem/onc floor and I need a change! After applying to L&D and having that fall through, I've found a position in a Level II Nursery at a nearby hospital. What are the different levels of NICU's and what do they mean? What kind of patients would I expect to take care of in each? Thank you for your help!
Quote from nurseiam
[ I think normal assignments in a Level II are something like 4-8 babies per nurse, but I may be wrong.
I say find another job if they are giving out 8 pt assignment. NANN has guidelines for neonates and I think it is 4 level II babies. When we give some nurses four it is like their worlds have been shattered! Three is a nice number!
I agree, depending on the babies, three is good. We have all kinds of babies, 28 weeker on cpap, 35 wks on vent, 6 or so growing premies, term sugar babies, r/o sepsis, TTN (or frequently, fat baby syndrome). I may start out with two, but who knows what we will bring in the door. We do attend high risk deliveries, and if I bring one back, it's usually mine.
I don't know why people think four is such a wonderful number, you don't have time to pee between feedings....you don't have time to drink, either.
Last edit by Mimi2RN on Apr 6, '04