Quote from mslinzyann
Thank you for the replies! I am intensely interested in working with neonates, but I have another question: Is there a great deal of opportunity to speak with/educate the family about their babie's care, or is all of that left to the neonatologist? I would like to have a chance to speak with the parents of the patients about their children's care. ( i think..
We do a lot of teaching/education with the parents. The neos/NNPs explain a lot of stuff too, but we're the ones that are at the bedside constantly the whole time the parents are there ...... so a lot of times, especially if it's a new baby, the parents have a lot of questions and concerns.
Also, upon discharge there is a lot of teaching that needs to be done before a baby goes home. And the teaching starts long before discharge ..... so we're constantly teaching/reminding/enforcing different things. Pretty much all the discharge teaching is left up to the nursing staff.
So yes, as a NICU nurse, you'll be speaking with parents quite a bit regarding their child's care, what's going on, educating, and updating them.