Published Feb 21, 2014
I am a student at Central New Mexico Community College, and I am currently taking my prerequisites for nursing. Right now I am researching "The effects of being a neonatal nurse." I was curious if anyone could give me some personal experience on the matter or connect me with someone that could!! Thank you
I don't think I really understand your question...what do you mean? The effects of me being a NICU nurse? I get paid a good salary and I get to take care of babies, pretty great.
As in the mental effects, physical effects. The toll it takes of not knowing what's going to happen or if the babies don't make it
You need to formulate a proper question.
We usually know what is going to happen.... The ones that make it that we thought wouldn't are the surprise not the ones that don't. I have never had a baby pass away that was a total surprise.
Okay, what are the physical, mental, and emotional effects that come with working in the NICU. I did research and I read that the stress level can be pretty high and emotions can be everywhere. That's why I wanted some personal input. Stories of good and bad. The emotions things like that.
This post has some discusses some NICU experiences https://allnurses.com/nicu-nursing-neonatal/whats-your-nicu-896058.html
You're lucky. One of the hardest things about working in NICU is the unexpected deaths. It's usually rapid onset sepsis or NEC, but it is very possible for a baby to go from fine (room air, eating everything from a bottle etc) to dead in less than 24 hours. Those times it happens, it is very hard to not beat yourself up if you had the baby before they got sick, wondering if there was anything at all that you could have done or if there were any subtle signs that were missed.
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