I was warned that I wouldn't get to do many skills by my advisor but in no way was this the case! I worked with CPAP & trach babies (alot of respiratory care), NG insertions and gavage feeding, IM injections, administering blood products, catheterization, obtaining blood sample via heel pokes & arterial lines for lab testing, IV meds and fluids...just to name a few. I really found that I learned thorough assessment skills and interpretation of lab values, which is essential.
There really was no typical day. Some days I would have one really sick post surgical babe needing monitoring, the next may be 2 stable grower/feeders where you spend most of your time teaching parents about caring for their little one ie) bath, bottles etc. I also got to follow our resuscitation nurses and watch triplets being born and transported to our unit. Pretty cool stuff! Hope this helps.