Job Offer in Newborn Nursery - page 2

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hi! :) just accepted a new rn/internship offer in the newborn nursery today!! i am excited and nervous!! i will mainly be working in nursery and then eventually cross-train on postpartum. i am very grateful for this... Read More


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    Congratulations to you!!

    My first nursing job after nursing school in 1991 was in a Well Baby Nursery too. About 6 months later our Well Baby Nursery combined with the Postpartum Unit to become a Mother-Baby Unit with couplet care and I loved all of it. I suspect you will too! I loved the teaching part helping parents learn baby care and things like that. After about 7 years I transferred to the NICU where I continue to be very happy and know that without a doubt my previous experience has helped me be a much better NICU nurse as I understand more about what the mother's are going through. Many of my postpartum patients were mom's who had babies in the NICU.

    There are some absolutely wonderful suggestions here for you and I agree with them all. I will suggest a book for you though which I absolutely adore and think you will find very helpful in assessing newborns. You can get it on Amazon.com:

    Physical Assessment of the Newborn: A Comprehensive Approach to the Art of Physical Exam, by Ellen P. Tappero & Mary Ellen Honeyfield, 4th Edition.

    This is a excellent book in more ways than one. Great photos. Detailed explanations. Rationales and reasons why certain things are as they are. All kinds of great stuff! Very much worth the $54.00 price. Please check it out and consider using a bit of one of your first few paychecks to buy it. I feel sure you won't ever regret it.

    Wishing you all the best and a career as rewarding as I have had so far! There are many supportive nurses here who are always able to help you as best we can if you ever have questions about anything.
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    Congrats!! Learn about breastfeeding for Post Partum!! That is a huge part of that job. As for newborn nursery, I would suggest finding a STABLE course in your area or checking to see if you hospital does them. It's a great resource--more for NICU, but a big help. I'm sure you'll be required to take NRP, so read up on that. Read up in your maternal/newborn school book if you still have it to refresh yourself on a full, newborn assessment. Your hospital should put you through a decent training/orientation. Absorb all you can, get in there an get your hands on training, don't be afraid of the babies. Best wishes!
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    love_2_learn,

    thank you for taking your time and writing your post! i know this will be a rewarding journey! i will definately take your suggestion and get that book: physical assessment of the newborn: a comprehensive approach to the art of physical exam, by ellen p. tappero & mary ellen honeyfield, 4th edition. every suggestion, advice and resource will help me tremendously become better and better at being a newborn nursery nurse. i thank you and everyone here at allnurses.com for the support and guidance! i am blessed to be a member of this wonderful website!

    thank you and happy holidays!


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    congratulations to you!!

    my first nursing job after nursing school in 1991 was in a well baby nursery too. about 6 months later our well baby nursery combined with the postpartum unit to become a mother-baby unit with couplet care and i loved all of it. i suspect you will too! i loved the teaching part helping parents learn baby care and things like that. after about 7 years i transferred to the nicu where i continue to be very happy and know that without a doubt my previous experience has helped me be a much better nicu nurse as i understand more about what the mother's are going through. many of my postpartum patients were mom's who had babies in the nicu.

    there are some absolutely wonderful suggestions here for you and i agree with them all. i will suggest a book for you though which i absolutely adore and think you will find very helpful in assessing newborns. you can get it on amazon.com:

    physical assessment of the newborn: a comprehensive approach to the art of physical exam, by ellen p. tappero & mary ellen honeyfield, 4th edition.

    this is a excellent book in more ways than one. great photos. detailed explanations. rationales and reasons why certain things are as they are. all kinds of great stuff! very much worth the $54.00 price. please check it out and consider using a bit of one of your first few paychecks to buy it. i feel sure you won't ever regret it.

    wishing you all the best and a career as rewarding as i have had so far! there are many supportive nurses here who are always able to help you as best we can if you ever have questions about anything.
    Love_2_Learn likes this.


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