This is a discussion on Newborn Nursery Nurses in Ob/Gyn Nursing, part of Nursing Specialties ... Everyone was so helpful with my last topic! My friend and I were talking about Newborn Nursery...
Nov 30, '12
Everyone was so helpful with my last topic! My friend and I were talking about Newborn Nursery Nurses and several questions came to mind. First...how do you feel about the training that Newborn Nursery nurses receive? Should they have NICU experience? Does it matter? Does NICU experience make it safer in the nursery? We both have NICU experience and it is very handy in emergency situations that are encountered in regular Newborn Nursery, but we have come across institutions that seem blind to any issues/problems that may come up in a Level 1 Nursery and seem indifferent to the training of new nurses. One (in particular) is giving new orientees that have NO NICU/Nursery training at all, 4 3-day weeks of training and after that, they will be expected to do all care on their own (meaning they would be the ONLY nursery nurse on for the shift). Maybe we are what-if people that know what can happen at any given moment and it makes us feel overly cautious, but they are doing riskier and riskier deliveries in a Level 1 setting. My friend has had 24-week twins born and coding that she had to handle on her own and the pediatrician didn't come in for 1 and 1/2 hours! I see this as a problem. Her only saving grace was that she had NICU experience and was able to handle it. She received praise for her work, but is that considered acceptable? What do Nursery Nurses do that are not NICU experienced and are not in a facility that has access to a level 3 NICU in house or is far away? What is acceptable out there? We are curious.
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