Hey all, I'm currently a BSN student in Texas (graduating May 2014). Although I have no clinical experience in NICU (yet, at least!), I keep finding myself being drawn to it. I'll be interested in other specialities, but it always fades, yet here I am on the NICU nursing board week after week!
I've gone through a lot of posts talking about all the good things about NICU and all the healthy babies you get to send home from parents... but I was wondering, exactly how
sad is it when babies don't live? Would you say the majority of your babies do survive and go home, or do a lot of them die? I just want an idea of exactly how hard it is to deal with an infant death... obviously it's very hard, but is it extremely emotionally taxing? How often does it happen? Are the happy moments truly enough to outweigh the bad?
Sorry for all the questions, but I'm just wondering how you amazing NICU nurses handle the sadness that comes from new life ending in just a short amount of time :/