NICU Nursing / Neonatal Articles

NICU / Neonatal nurses discussing, networking, and sharing evidence-based practice, the latest and greatest in equipment and procedures, how to work with parents and families, and effective ways to manage your own thoughts and emotions when caring for the most fragile of patients. Micro-preemies, babies with serious birth defects, feeders and growers - these are just some of the children facing challenges in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Every Change Matters – All 10,000 Of Them

Every Change Matters – All 10,000 Of Them

by iftheRNCFitz - Amid the bustle of family birthing centers, we can be quick to forget the nervousness and anxiety filling new parents as they cycle through our doors. The... Read More →

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Prematurity Awareness Day - Project Baby Madeline

Prematurity Awareness Day - Project Baby Madeline

by tnbutterfly - The Problem According to the CDC, premature birth is the biggest contributor for infant death, with most preterm-related deaths occurring among infants who were... Read More →

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NICU Nursing

NICU Nursing

by traumaRUs - Neonatal nursing covers nursing of the neonate - infants from birth to age 30 days as well as neonatal intensive care nursing and the neonatal step-down unit. ... Read More →

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Hypoglycemia in the newborn

Hypoglycemia in the newborn

by ElvishDNP - While in utero, glucose from the maternal bloodstream crosses the placental barrier and into fetal circulation to be used for growth. The fetal pancreas functions... Read More →

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Revolutionizing Neonatal Transport Part 1- History

Revolutionizing Neonatal Transport Part 1- History

by SteveNNP - Current research in NICUs across the nation focuses on new medications, treatments for old trolls such as chronic lung disease, RDS, necrotizing enterocolitis,... Read More →

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What Keeps Me Coming Back

by ElvishDNP - I'm a mother/baby nurse and proud to be one. Compared to lots of units, we mother/baby folks might be considered lucky to have such 'cake' jobs, and some days I'd... Read More →

Last comment by Ms.Dre22

Postpartum Mood Disorders

by ElvishDNP - The postpartum period - just after giving birth - is, for most a time of happiness and adjustment to new family roles. However, for some women it is a time of... Read More →

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Helping staff cope with perinatal loss

by ElvishDNP - One of the great things about my job is welcoming new life and watching miracles happen almost every day. Nearly every day I fall in love with at least one of the... Read More →

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Family-centered Maternity Care and Rooming-in

by ElvishDNP - A thread in the Ob/Gyn nursing forum got me thinking about this. Family centered maternity care (FCMC) is a buzzword that's no doubt quite familiar to many in... Read More →

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Giving Nursing Students a Taste of NICU

by SteveNNP - So today I was wondering..... how well do we as NICU nurses best represent what NICU really is to nursing students? Too often, nursing students are abruptly... Read More →

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Long-term antepartum care in the hospital

by ElvishDNP - Care of the antepartum patient that's on your unit for an extended length of time can be a huge challenge, both for staff and for the patient. These are women who,... Read More →

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NICU Dad to NICU Nurse

NICU Dad to NICU Nurse

by VintageSwagger - One of the main catalysts leading me to pursue neonatal nursing was my own experience as the parent of a child in the NICU. Having a child in the NICU was an... Read More →

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Running off Grief

Running off Grief

by Calabria - It's with sad irony that I power up the treadmill in the gym exactly 24 hours after I started chest compressions on you. You were my first patient loss. Being new... Read More →

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It's your turn now, nurse!

It's your turn now, nurse!

by ElvishDNP - I am an OB nurse; I do mother/baby, newborn nursery, and high-risk antepartum nursing. I'm used to being the one in control. I'm used to doing the teaching, reading... Read More →

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Care of mothers with babies in intensive care

by ElvishDNP - I work at a facility with a level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and it's my estimate that roughly (this is purely a guess) one-third of the mothers in my... Read More →

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Grieving a perinatal loss

by ElvishDNP - When I tell people I'm a mother-baby nurse, the usual reaction is, "Oh, what a great job that must be!" Sometimes, that's a true statement. But what most people... Read More →

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Some quick tips for a good latch

by ElvishDNP - For moms who are breastfeeding, a good latch is supremely important. If not, nipple pain will soon ensue - even if the improper latch is held for just a few... Read More →

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When the mother is in prison

by ElvishDNP - The hospital in which I work has a contract with our state wherein all pregnant prisoners deliver at our hospital, regardless of home county. This population has a... Read More →

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