NICU is highly specialized, the book that Jolie recommended is great - but don't overwhelm yourself by thinking you should read it all. Focus on the bigger / most important things to better understand and connect the dots..
I would recommend reviewing what is happening in utero (like circulation) (here is a great resource, I would watch all these videos (they are not too long or overwhelming : Meet the placenta! (video) |
Also, review fetal status by gestational age (how does a 25 weeker differ from a 30 weeker or a 34 weeker; what milestones are typically accomplished around certain gestational ages or what are they most at risk of at certain gestational age).
Review respiratory function and respiratory distress, thermoregulation, nutrition, NAS..
I would also recommend getting a mini note pad (that fits into your scrub pocket) and taking little notes here and there; this technique helped me with noting the important details. Also consider making goals for yourself for each shift.. maybe start by shadowing and doing little tasks, then try to do VS, chart VS, do safety checks, do some of the basic care for infant, feeds, gradually ease into doing the assessment, form bonds with the families..
And ask questions!!! You are learning, so take advantage of this and ask questions.