Poll: What do you love about the NICU? - page 8
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I'm a nursing student with not too much farther to go. (YEAH!). I'm giving serious thought to starting in the NICU post-graduation. From what I have observed, it just seems to be the right fit for me. We get a 6 week... Read More
- 0Aug 27, '06 by NiteRockerWith my two children growing up fast, I love that I can always take care of a baby! My marternal instinct drew me to NICU. I started in Mother-baby...my children were 1 & 2 at the time. I wanted a non stress nursing area after school. I knew that with 2 toddlers it would be hard to work FT, but I had to. So, after 2 years in MB, I needed some challanging.
So, I followed a few friends across the street to the children's hospital. I've been here in the surgical NICU ever since. Yes, as people always ask, it can be hard and emotional, but the families are so appreciative of every little thing you do. And, when you see a baby progress it is so rewarding.
Hope you have find your nich!
- 0Aug 28, '06 by teriadn2004This is a wonderful post - I just accepted a position in NICU and I'm a little scared - I have 19mo experience as a nurse, but with adult primary care outpatient (basically, doctors office). I thought I always wanted to do L/D - but have never been able to get a slot - so when NICU came along, and they WANTED me, lack of experience and all - I thought, well maybe this is REALLY mycalling ....so thanks to all who have shared and have me now thinking that NICU just may be the perfect nursing role for me - thanks
- 0Aug 29, '06 by nicunurse2004Some of the things I love about the nicu is that I get to help parents learn to take care of there new children. I also enjoy the critical aspects of the unit from the vents to the drips we infuse. I also enjpy watching the babies for the most part start to improve and see the smiles on their moms and dads faces as the watch them get closer and closer to going home. I also love how laid back our unit can be and the fun my coworkers and I can have while taking care of the babes. This is just a few if I had more time im sure I could come up with a longer list.:angel2:
- 0Sep 23, '06 by CJRN02Wow! I'm new here and these posts really made me realize how much I LOVE what I do. Currently, we moved to a place that doesn't have a NICU and these posts are making me have NICU withdrawls. For the same reasons that everyone has said...seems like a tape recorder of my own thoughts....I love the NICU. I was called to be a baby nurse from the time I was a little girl. It is the only thing I ever wanted to do. First, it was a baby doctor, then realized I would be 30 before I got to do patient care, and decided being a NICU nurse would be better, and by the time I was 21, landed myself in a nursery where I thought to myself every day...I can't believe I get paid to do this?!? I have the best job in the entire world! I could repeat what the other posts said, but I will just say to anyone who is wondering what it's like being a NICU nurse these posts pretty much sum it up. It is the most challenging and rewarding job I could ever dream of. The only thing I have ever disliked about my job was the noise (worked mostly in a 50 bed open bay unit where you heard alarms going off and babies crying 24/7) and that was really overstimulating after 12-13 hours. Oh, and the babies born addicted to drugs or with FAS. That always infuriated me and made me want to strangle the mother instead of help her. The shear fact that those babies could have been perfect if it weren't for their ignorant, selfish mothers. Good luck to anyone who choses this field. I gaurentee you won't regret it.
- 0Nov 23, '06 by gypsy queento be truthful I never wanted to work there...but I was Just posted there 15 years ago......now I am hooked....I love the tiny little feet of premies...the smiles and truthful thank yous of parents.....all babies large and small with thier different charectrs which they show from start....you just cannot help loving them and giving all that you know to achieve maximum care
- 0Dec 4, '06 by NicuvicNicu is the best! All of the other posts sum it up correctly and give the right answers. Where else can you change the bed while holding your patient? What other ICU puts their pts in swings? The gratification of seeing a very sick baby become a "gainer/grower" is amazing and helping the family through this journey is quite a rewarding experience.
- 0Dec 5, '06 by preemieRNkateI love when I'm the first nurse to let a parent hold their baby. Especially when the baby was really sick and finally turns the corner and is stable enough to be held. Over the summer we had 24 week twins that were really sick; vented, on pressors, etc. Dad was so scared to even walk in the door, and one night I finally convinced him to hold one of his girls. He happened to be wearing a button-down shirt, and I managed to not only convince him to hold his daughter, but to kangaroo her! The look on his face was priceless, and when he saw her heart rate come down and her sats go up, and I weaned her O's, he understood what I meant when I told him that it would be good for both of them.
I love my job!
- 0Dec 15, '06 by lcc1080I'm considering applying to the NiCU course, beginning soon at a local peds hospital. This would be a change for me, from adult med/surg. After having back problems for a few yrs., would like to know others' advice - if there are any problematic things such as bending for long periods (over bed). I assumed that the lifting problem is non-existent, but read another member's post about the bending for long periods. Thanks in advance - it's been great reading all of your posts on this topic!
- 1Dec 22, '06 by ImafloatI start my level III NICU job on January 8. I am a new grad who did my senior practicum in the NICU. At first I didn't think the NICU was for me, I was overwhelmed by the responsibility. I eventually became more comfortable. I now can't imagine being a nurse anywhere besides the NICU. I was fortunate in that I was hired onto the NICU I did my practicum at. I can't wait to start my job and I hope I will have a long and happy career there.
I love almost everything about the NICU. I especially love the babies, they are my heroes. Their only life experience is being sick, despite this they fight to live, not yet knowing there is more to life than pain and being sick. The power of their spirits amaze me.