Quote from Elle23
Well, aside from the obvious things like the fact that babies are cute and working with new families is enjoyable (for the most part), here are some reasons I loved the NICU: 1. Lifting babies does not break your back. When I worked med-surg for 2 years, I was out of work on 2 separate occasions for back injury. In 20 years of NICU nursing, I never once injured my back. 2. Baby diapers are not nearly as potent as adult briefs. 3. Babies don't talk back (though the parents can sometimes be jerks). 4. It is very rewarding having a part in saving very sick babies, especially when they make it through with minimal deficits. 5. Relaxing in a rocking chair with a warm, cuddly baby 6. NICU is its own world. It is unique to all other areas of nursing. Things I didn't like: 1. The stress of caring for critically ill babies is immense. 2. Sick and premature babies are notoriously unpredictable. A baby can be fine one minute and dead before the end of your shift. 3. Babies who are kept alive long past when they should have mercifully been allowed to die... 4. Fighting to keep babies alive who end up being seriously neurologically impaired for the rest of their lives.. 5. NEC. See #2. 6. Seeing the G20 crack addict prostitute deliver yet another baby who turns out fine while 2 beds over the nicest couple in the world who tried for 15 years to have a baby and finally got pregnant after the 5th IVF treatment lose their baby (It will seriously make your head spin sometimes).
Hello, thank you for your response!
I never realized that NICU nursing would be easier on your back, but that is so true! That would be great for me, because as a high school athlete I have injured mine one too many times. I also loved your comment about spending time with the baby while in a rocking chair. That's so sweet, and that's one of my favorite experience of my pediatric clinical experience so far
how can you not enjoy that!
Also, I have heard that babies status change change in a matter of seconds. That is something that I always think about when caring for a child. When my RSV babies desat as they move and play around I get so nervous!!'
Are there any books or resources that you recommend I check? Any book that prepped you well for the NICU and gave you the basics?