Poll: What do you love about the NICU? - page 12

I'm a nursing student with not too much farther to go. (YEAH!). I'm giving serious thought to starting in the NICU post-graduation. From what I have observed, it just seems to be the right fit for... Read More

  1. by   hayleyh31
    This is such an old post but now that I've been in the NICU a year now, I feel like I can really tell you why this is my favorite place in the whole world.

    1. I love getting to give the first tub bath to a former 27 weeker that I admitted so many weeks ago.

    2.Being treasured by the parents because they know you love their babies too.

    3. Picking up my wild little 1400 gram baby who wouldn't calm down after her feeding and feeling her melt into the blankets on my chest as she really slept for the first time that night.

    4. Sure, it's sad. But the good always outweigh the bad. I love that when I'm having a rough night, there's always someone who needs a snuggle.

    5. The teamwork is awesome. There are 90 women on my unit and while it can be gossipy, we are a true family. We support each other through losses, happiness, babies, weddings, and divorces. There's always someone there to step up and help whenever you're drowning.

    I love my job and I don't know that I want to do anything else ever again.
  2. by   sergel02
    I got to spend only a day in the unit but I enjoyed the levels of acuity. Some babies are feeders and growers while others are on cooling or ecmo.
  3. by   avrilmay86
    I really enjoyed this post! So great to read positivity in a challenging area. I have really been considering if NICU is a good place to be and I must say, this post gave me a lot of hope.
  4. by   NICUNurseHopeful
    I agree, avrilmay86. I am hoping to be a NICU nurse someday, and this post was so encouraging!
  5. by   Leader25
    Make sure they orient you properly and you get to experience many different levels of acuity before you are put on the floor on your own.Read,read,read the Core curriculum everyday,ask questions but be respectful not a know it all.Always have snacks you can eat when you are hungry but can not go to break as in an emergency.good luck.