Preemie/NICU-isms - page 3

Hi nurses, Would you please share your funny preemie/NICU pet names for things, like some of these for example: first attempt at breast-- "meet and greet" under oxyhood-- in da 'hood c-pap--... Read More

  1. by   LilPeanut
    My son was a wimpy white boy, I thought it was cute! I look at it as more of a term of endearment.
  2. by   TiffyRN
    Some goofy neo at our hospital used the term WWB when discussing their child and his prognosis with his parents. There was a complaint. It was discussed in our partnership meeting, it's a bad word now, we can't use it (at least not in earshot of parents. What do you do though when parents ask you about it? It's still a delicate subject where I work.
    Last edit by TiffyRN on Feb 8, '05 : Reason: syntax off
  3. by   prmenrs
    We just explain the statistics that generated the phrase, point out that their child is not necessarily a WWB, in fact, he's doing fairly well, whatever else positive you can say about their particular situation.
  4. by   KRVRN
    I usually don't even point out that there IS a WWB phenomenon to the parents of one since it's not really relevant most of the time. About the only time I do is if they have twins and the other one (a girl) is doing better.
  5. by   JVanRN
    I know it's not a new term but I remember when I refered to one of my babies as a "feeder grower" and my husband thought that was the funniest thing...he was just ROTFL. He said it reminded him of something out of sci-fi horror movie or something. To a nurse it seems perfectly normal to refer to that sort of baby as a feeder grower, but I see where he is coming from. He just cracks up every time I say it.I don't call them that in front of their parents though.
  6. by   kitty29
    - Bili lights: tanning booth

    -eyeshields: shades

    -oral care: Brushing teeth

    -moving to Isolette: buying a condo

    -moving around spots in the unit: Frequent flyer miles

    -mixing up brst milk with fortifier: Working at the bar or fast food resterant

    -bath & shampoo day: day at the spa

    That's all I can think of for now...right now I have to deal with nasal c crap..or I mean cpap!
  7. by   KRVRN
    We sometimes give "spa baths"... We'll put the baby in the tub and then drop in an O2 tubing attached to 15LPM for continuous bubbles! Is it therapeutic for the baby in any way? Doubtful, they still either like the bath or hate it, but the parents get a kick out of it!
  8. by   NoCrumping
    Quote from KRVRN
    We sometimes give "spa baths"... We'll put the baby in the tub and then drop in an O2 tubing attached to 15LPM for continuous bubbles! Is it therapeutic for the baby in any way? Doubtful, they still either like the bath or hate it, but the parents get a kick out of it!
    We call the chronic long term kids ( I guess there more than 4 months or so)
    NICU Senior Citizens
    oh, and another: the really tiny ones= "microchips"
    Last edit by NoCrumping on Feb 9, '05
  9. by   apanter
    I am a parent of a preemie and I am thinking about going to school for nursing and wanted to do NICU. My daughter was born at 23.6 wks and has only been home 3 wks any advice on school?
  10. by   kitty29
    Quote from KRVRN
    We sometimes give "spa baths"... We'll put the baby in the tub and then drop in an O2 tubing attached to 15LPM for continuous bubbles! Is it therapeutic for the baby in any way? Doubtful, they still either like the bath or hate it, but the parents get a kick out of it!
    That is such a cute idea, I might try that one myself. I like to do anything I can to make the parents laugh and lighten up!
  11. by   kitty29
    Quote from apanter
    I am a parent of a preemie and I am thinking about going to school for nursing and wanted to do NICU. My daughter was born at 23.6 wks and has only been home 3 wks any advice on school?
    Get a degree right from the start.
  12. by   prmenrs
    Quote from apanter
    I am a parent of a preemie and I am thinking about going to school for nursing and wanted to do NICU. My daughter was born at 23.6 wks and has only been home 3 wks any advice on school?

    You probably don't want to go to school right now, so you have time to research the programs in your area, the prerequisites, etc. Then you can start when you're ready. If there are nurses you were attached to in the unit, you can ask them where they went. Take your time until the baby is a little older. She will need you full time for a while.

    Good luck w/your daughter and your career plans.
  13. by   prmenrs
    Quote from KRVRN
    We sometimes give "spa baths"... We'll put the baby in the tub and then drop in an O2 tubing attached to 15LPM for continuous bubbles! Is it therapeutic for the baby in any way? Doubtful, they still either like the bath or hate it, but the parents get a kick out of it!

    Try loosely swaddling the baby in a blanket; they like it better if they're contained, I think.

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