what do you think the top 3 traits a neonatal nurse must have to excel?
2) not afraid to ask questions
3) good social skills to deal with families
what do you enjoy most about being a neonatal nurse?
babies getting to go home
babies that will never get to go home (or if they do, will have no quality of life) on life support for months due to misc. reasons.
what is the typical salary of neonatal nurses?
depends on your location, years of experience, how much ot you work, but new nurses start around 50k here.
what hours do you work?
what are your daily responsibilities and duties?
can vary depending on the assignment but i always do my assessment and vital signs as ordered, change diapers, draw labs, keep an eye out for any funky behaviors, notify md/nnp if there is a change in pt condition, carry out any orders and question orders as necessary. i also get to pat a lot of bums to sleep, chase a lot of pacifiers around and sometimes hold the fussy babies (if i have time and they are stable). some days i don't speak with an md, other days, the md is camped out at my patient's bedside all night.
why did you choose nursing as a career?
i liked that even though the overall routine is the same, every shift is different.
what advice would you give someone considering this nursing job as a career?
sometimes it is hard to not get emotionally involved with your patients and families. some days really stink but the good days outweigh the bad.
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