I am a nursing student and I am very interested in NICU or peds or even L&D. I want to be involved with children somehow. I would really love to work in a NICU. I understand this can be really stressful but I want to make a difference in that babies life whether they are with us for a short time or a very long time. What are the hardest parts about working in a NICU and what do you enjoy the most? Thanks.
Oct 29, '02
I think everyone is different. The hardest thing for me is caring for really sick term babies. Babies that aspirated meconium or have PPH and should be home being cuddled now.
I really love cuddling the teeny tiny ones. The 25 weeker that is now feeding and growing. And I love seeing any baby go out the front door!
Good luck to you!
Last edit by dawngloves on Oct 29, '02
Oct 29, '02
I just started working in the NICU and I love it. I think the best part of my job is being able to see the babies who come in really sick, go home with their parents. It really makes you realize what a miracle children are. It is stressful in the sense that you're in an ICU and sometimes these kids are REALLY sick. There are days when you don't get to sit, but in the end, it's all worth it. I would really recommend working in one of the units you're interested in as a CNA. In school, I thought L&D was for me, but working in L&D/Postpartum for a year, let me know that's not where I wanted to be.