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  1. Best way to get to NICU?
    The skills you have learned as a nurse working with adults (time management, prioritizing, teamwork, working with difficult patients, etc) will translate nicely to a NICU position. The rest of your...
    Jan 6
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  2. Methadone babies
    Research has established that the mother's dose of medication does not directly correlate with the severity of the infant's withdrawal symptoms. In other words, if the mother's dose is high, you can...
    Jan 6
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  3. NRP, PALS, or STABLE to help my resume?
    You won't need PALS in the NICU sinc it is for older children. STABLE is a longer class, usually comprised of several days. I would agree with post above that recommends NRP. That is the 1st class...
    Jan 6
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  4. Which CNS certification?
    I will graduate in May and be eligible to sit for the neonatal CNS exam offered through AACN (the ACCNS-N exam).
    Jan 2
    Forum: Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)
  5. central line changes
    Before we implemented a very comprehensive IV tubing change policy our CLABSI rate was quite high, higher than the national average. Since then, 6 years later, our CLABSI rate has fallen to less...
    Jan 1
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  6. Methadone babies
    People (doctors and nurses) who care for infants with NAS should have a basic knowledge of what NAS is and how it affects infants. A strong foundation is necessary to help educate families, provide...
    Jan 1
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  7. Different Shift Hours
    All new hires work 12-hour shifts and that started before I was hired 14 years ago. We still have some 8-hour people and it makes staffing extremely difficult, especially at 1500. Lots of call...
    Dec 24, '14
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  8. clinical question for neonatal nurses
    We also feed small amounts by gravity, very slowly, over a few minutes. Larger volumes are pumped in over 30 mins unless there is feeding intolerance.
    Jul 30, '14
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  9. clinical nurse specialist behavorial health and neo
    Neonatal CNS's are a rare bird indeed. I am getting ready to graduate in May and have a job waiting on me. I'll pass your info along to some of my classmates. Do you have a salary range you can share?
    Jul 28, '14
    Forum: Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)
  10. RNC-NIC/CCRN
    I took the test several recert cycles ago. I used the book with all the review questions and went through each chapter. If I scored a 70% of better I felt like I knew most of the material well...
    Jul 20, '14
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  11. picc teams
    We do have a PICC team for our 60 bed Level III NICU. Credentialed RNs and some NNPs are part of the team. They place lines and change dressings when needed.
    Jul 20, '14
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  12. Phototherapy irradiance
    Does anyone have a policy that details how often to check the irradiance of phototherapy lights, based on evidence? Thank you!
    Jul 20, '14
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  13. "Down time" on your shift?
    Downtime? What's that? Downtime means I actually get to eat my lunch!
    Feb 2, '14
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  14. Breast milk storage in NICU
    We are a 60 bed 5 pod unit. We have 4 huge freezers with bins that store milk. Each pod has a dorm fridge that stores milk for the patients in that room. Labeled bins are also used in these...
    Mar 5, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  15. NNP
    NNP
    I would JUMP at the chance for free tuition and to be paid to go to school. I think a strong background as an NNP would help a PNP and clinic patients. Our NNPs work 3 12hr shifts a week, rotating...
    Feb 28, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  16. how to deal with loss in the NICU
    I have been a NICU nurse for 12 years. We are a 60 bed level 3, so we have a lot of patients. That means we also see our fair share of deaths. Some are expected and others are sudden and tragic...
    Feb 28, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  17. Transport
    We have a dedicated Neonatal/Pediatric transport team made up of experienced bedside nurses. They do not do bedside care except to help with procedures, occasionally, such as umbilical line placement.
    Nov 29, '12
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  18. Is it difficult for men to get into NICU?
    I think it's great to have male nurses in the NICU.
    Nov 11, '12
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  19. NG tube placement
    We measure carefully as another poster described, note tube marking and auscultate and aspirate before every feeding and q4 hrs with continuous feedings. Tube placement is noted on X-rays taken for...
    Nov 11, '12
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  20. 8 weeks for orientation
    I agree that 8 weeks is not long enough. I have been a preceptor on a level III NICU for almost 12 years. We allow an orientation period of about 11 weeks of hands on pt care. It never seems to be...
    Nov 11, '12
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  21. New Grad NICU Support Thread
    As a clinical preceptor with 12 years of level III NICU experience I can tell you that it will take a year or more to feel comfortable in the unit. There is no way to completely prepare yourself for...
    Oct 24, '12
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  22. MRSA colonization
    Our MRSA babies are on isolation until discharge.
    Oct 21, '12
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  23. AMA Discharges
    Isn't a shame they have to pay for something out of pocket that is completely unnecessary?! *eye roll* I have never seen them go through with it either.
    Oct 17, '12
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  24. Evidence based practice for newborn care
    This might be better suited on the OB forum because all of our patients are admitted NPO, not bathed until stable, etc.
    Oct 17, '12
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  25. Basic roles of a nurse in the NICU
    I suggest you do a job shadow and see exactly what we do day to day. Telling you what the job entails is nothing like seeing it and doing it in person. Good luck!
    Oct 17, '12
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal


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