Funny/happy NICU moments needed - page 15

:scrying: After a wonderful 6 months maternity leave home with my girls, I'm headed back to the NICU and I need some encouragement. Help me remember WHY I love my job despite the horrendous hours.... Read More

  1. by   MeLindakay21
    Wow! I just read all of those post, thanks for sharing! You had me crying so hard and then laughing so hard I cried lol... I start school in a few weeks and can't wait to get started. Every time school gets hard, or overwhelming and I feel like quitting I will come back to this thread to remind me what nursing is all about! Thank You all so much for sharing your stories!
  2. by   moira5520
    Hi

    Just wondering how you found a volunteer NICU position? I am a nursing student in NYC and would love a volunteer position in NICU or L&D. Any suggestions?


    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    I'll sure a few of my cute stories from the last 2 months working as a NICU volunteer:
    - the little girl who was trying to escape, arching her back, perpendicular in the warmer, stamping her feet against the plexiglass. I picked her up, she gave me an innocent look of "Nooo.. that wasn't me who was causing all the noise, honest!
    - yesterday, the little screamer boy who had to be moved because he was bothering some of the more critical babies. This boy had lungs for a mec aspiration/PPHN! Noisy boy. Once we got him his bottle to nipple feed, he instantly gulps down enough to satisfy his taste and immediately goes to sleep, curled up in my arms, again with the look of, "I couldn't possibly be the one causing all the trouble."
    - all the crazy names you see. You can't beat "Candy Apple". Or "Precious".

    Hope this helps you in your first days back to work!
  3. by   Preemie2RN
    To all of you who work in NICU anywhere- I am a 31 year old 29 weeker who is thankful to all of you who work in the units!! Without nurses like you who are dedicated to taking care of the little miracles I wouldn't be here today about to get my RN license to also work with you guys in the NICU! Thank you for your dedication and love!!!
  4. by   preemieRNkate
    My current primary (Love her, we have the same birthday!) has been in the NICU for about 2 months now. Her parents are just the nicest, most caring people out there. So for Christmas, as a surprise, some of her other primary nurses got the baby all dressed up in cute Christmas clothes and had a little photo shoot. The pictures came out amazing, and they made a Christmas card and a photo album for her parents. Mom cried when she saw the pictures. We're all just in love with this little girl, and hopefully she'll get to go home to her amazing family soon. Send some "get over your oral aversion and learn how to bottle feed" vibes this way for her!!
  5. by   babyNP.
    This happened during senior practicum in school:

    We had a baby under a warmer, about 34 weeks, and while looking at the other kiddo, this kid starts screaming his head off. Go over to see the problem and he has his hands around the electronic leads--they're hurting his skin because he's pulling on them! If you'd let go of the leads, baby, it might not hurt anymore

    He didn't understand, so we took them out of his hands anyway.
  6. by   marikabw
    the 24 and 4/7 wkr now on jet and INO, plus a morphine drip and maybe we're titrating dopamine who still manages to squirt the back of the isolette just as you want to change the wee-pee diaper. Any baby who manages to flip the bird while sleeping.
    Each and every baby you see at the reunion melts everyone's heart.
  7. by   elizabells
    Quote from Justine_
    If you'd let go of the leads, baby, it might not hurt anymore

    He didn't understand, so we took them out of his hands anyway.
    I hate how they don't get logic! I find myself patiently explaining stuff to my kiddos, like, every shift, but they NEVER LISTEN.
  8. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from elizabells
    I hate how they don't get logic! I find myself patiently explaining stuff to my kiddos, like, every shift, but they NEVER LISTEN.
    Oh yeah ..... and I love how they can't tell time either! No, it's not time to be suctioned .... no, it's not time to eat. Do I need to move your bed so you can see the clock??
  9. by   elizabells
    Or with every heelstick/IV start/diaper change: If you'd stop KICKING ME this wouldn't take so long and I'd leave you alone again!
  10. by   Sweeper933
    Quote from elizabells
    Or with every heelstick/IV start/diaper change: If you'd stop KICKING ME this wouldn't take so long and I'd leave you alone again!
    Seriously.....
  11. by   mauigal
    I had been primary to a former 24 weeker who was now 9 months old and still in our unit. Despite everything he had been through he had a very sweet disposition. He loved to be held and rocked, esp during nippling. OT had beed teaching him basic sign lanuage. I would head straight for his crib as soon as I started my shift just to say hi. One day when I got to his crib he signed "Mama" and threw his arms up to be picked up. It was such a happy:heartbeat and sad moment combined. His Mom had visited 5 times in 9 months, it never crossed my mind that he would think I was his mother and it never crossed OT mind to teach him the sign for nurse. Sadly, he was not the only one in the unit who's mom did not vist, but some how he felt loved. That is what we try to do for our babes who don't get visits from parents. I still really don't know how former 24 weeker grasp such an abstract concept as mother. He went to a great foster family with a mom & dad, no other kids in the home, so he did not have to be 1 of 50 babies waiting his turn for a cuddle. I hear he is still signing, and Mama to his foster mom
  12. by   preemieRNkate
    Quote from mauigal
    I had been primary to a former 24 weeker who was now 9 months old and still in our unit. Despite everything he had been through he had a very sweet disposition. He loved to be held and rocked, esp during nippling. OT had beed teaching him basic sign lanuage. I would head straight for his crib as soon as I started my shift just to say hi. One day when I got to his crib he signed "Mama" and threw his arms up to be picked up. It was such a happy:heartbeat and sad moment combined. His Mom had visited 5 times in 9 months, it never crossed my mind that he would think I was his mother and it never crossed OT mind to teach him the sign for nurse. Sadly, he was not the only one in the unit who's mom did not vist, but some how he felt loved. That is what we try to do for our babes who don't get visits from parents. I still really don't know how former 24 weeker grasp such an abstract concept as mother. He went to a great foster family with a mom & dad, no other kids in the home, so he did not have to be 1 of 50 babies waiting his turn for a cuddle. I hear he is still signing, and Mama to his foster mom
    You story gave me chills!
  13. by   NFB2008
    I was taking care of this tiny little guy quite a bit, and every time I had to give him an injection (vit A or Epo), he would grab my glove by the wrist and hold on for dear life! And I love the little ones that grab the suction catheter or NG tube as you're trying to insert it! Or when they pull their nascal cannulas out of their noses, and when you find them the cannula is in their mouth! I am amazed by the things these kiddos can do. Like the 1300g little girl who I snuggled up perfectly, and an hour later she is perpendicular to how I had her (and how she's supposed to be) and looks like she's trying to jump out the isolette door (thank goodness for looking before opening the door). I love when a tiny hand grabs my finger and seems like it won't let go. Tiny baby feet are the best too. And I love, love, love when I get extra time to cuddle a baby. Gotta love the NICU.

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