NICU Nursing / Neonatal Articles

NICU / Neonatal nurses discussing, networking, and sharing evidence-based practice, the latest and greatest in equipment and procedures, how to work with parents and families, and effective ways to manage your own thoughts and emotions when caring for the most fragile of patients. Micro-preemies, babies with serious birth defects, feeders and growers - these are just some of the children facing challenges in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Giving Nursing Students a Taste of NICU
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Giving Nursing Students a Taste of NICU

So today I was wondering..... how well do we as NICU nurses best represent what NICU really is to nursing students? Too often, nursing students are abruptly...

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Every Change Matters – All 10,000 Of Them
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Every Change Matters – All 10,000 Of Them

Amid the bustle of family birthing centers, we can be quick to forget the nervousness and anxiety filling new parents as they cycle through our doors. The...

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Long-term Antepartum Care in the Hospital
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Long-term Antepartum Care in the Hospital

Care of the antepartum patient that's on your unit for an extended length of time can be a huge challenge, both for staff and for the patient. These are women who,...

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NICU Dad to NICU Nurse
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NICU Dad to NICU Nurse

One of the main catalysts leading me to pursue neonatal nursing was my own experience as the parent of a child in the NICU. Having a child in the NICU was an...

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Running off Grief
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Running off Grief

It's with sad irony that I power up the treadmill in the gym exactly 24 hours after I started chest compressions on you. You were my first patient loss. Being new...

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It's your turn now, nurse!
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It's your turn now, nurse!

I am an OB nurse; I do mother/baby, newborn nursery, and high-risk antepartum nursing. I'm used to being the one in control. I'm used to doing the teaching, reading...

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Care of mothers with babies in intensive care
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Care of mothers with babies in intensive care

I work at a facility with a level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and it's my estimate that roughly (this is purely a guess) one-third of the mothers in my...

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Grieving a perinatal loss
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Grieving a perinatal loss

When I tell people I'm a mother-baby nurse, the usual reaction is, "Oh, what a great job that must be!" Sometimes, that's a true statement. But what most people...

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Some quick tips for a good latch
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Some quick tips for a good latch

For moms who are breastfeeding, a good latch is supremely important. If not, nipple pain will soon ensue - even if the improper latch is held for just a few...

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The Story of Nathan - 42 Years Later...
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The Story of Nathan - 42 Years Later...

I graduated from Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing in June of 1975. It was a 3 year hospital based program that no longer exists. After working night shift...

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Prematurity Awareness Day - Project Baby Madeline
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Prematurity Awareness Day - Project Baby Madeline

The Problem According to the CDC, premature birth is the biggest contributor for infant death, with most preterm-related deaths occurring among infants who were...

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NICU Nursing
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NICU Nursing

Neonatal nursing covers nursing of the neonate - infants from birth to age 30 days as well as neonatal intensive care nursing and the neonatal step-down unit. ...

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Hypoglycemia In The Newborn
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Hypoglycemia In The Newborn

While in utero, glucose from the maternal bloodstream crosses the placental barrier and into fetal circulation to be used for growth. The fetal pancreas functions...

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Revolutionizing Neonatal Transport Part 1- History
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Revolutionizing Neonatal Transport Part 1- History

Current research in NICUs across the nation focuses on new medications, treatments for old trolls such as chronic lung disease, RDS, necrotizing enterocolitis,...

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What Keeps Me Coming Back
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What Keeps Me Coming Back

I'm a mother/baby nurse and proud to be one. Compared to lots of units, we mother/baby folks might be considered lucky to have such 'cake' jobs, and some days I'd...

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Postpartum Mood Disorders
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Postpartum Mood Disorders

The postpartum period - just after giving birth - is, for most a time of happiness and adjustment to new family roles. However, for some women it is a time of...

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Helping staff cope with perinatal loss
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Helping staff cope with perinatal loss

One of the great things about my job is welcoming new life and watching miracles happen almost every day. Nearly every day I fall in love with at least one of the...

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Family-Centered Maternity Care And Rooming-In
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Family-Centered Maternity Care And Rooming-In

There are, according to Dr. Celeste Phillips, 10 principles upon which FCMC is based: Pregnancy and childbirth as normal and healthy processes Personalized...

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