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Specializes in Neonatal ICU (Cardiothoracic). Has 9 years experience.

RainDreamer, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 16 years experience.

you know what they are eating by the way their diapers smell.

So true. And you know what mom is eating too :D

hikernurse

Specializes in NICU. Has 8 years experience.

woman, i am going to hunt you down. you earwormed me! :lol2:

sorry :sofahider; but i do hate to suffer alone . . . ;)

or you ever get breastmilk in your eye. been in the nicu over 2 years now and that happened to me last night for the first (and hopefully the last) time :barf01:

got a urine shower the other day, myself, from a bitty girl, no less. how she managed that, i don't know. fortunately it was near the end of the shift and i went home and took a looong shower, but i couldn't help thinking that if the same thing had happened with a grown-up patient, i'd have stripped right down and had the hazmat team set up a shower right there on the spot :chuckle.

missapoo

Specializes in NICU.

Thanks Steve for your post...I loved it and sent it to all my NICU co-workers

I would add that for all the years I have been doing this, every once in a while you get the reward of seeing your little pts out and about, for instance I was in Walmart yesterday and saw a kid I helped care for last year. When I spoke to him he grinned from ear to ear--such a beautiful smile...he doesn't remember all the bad stuff he had to go through and he just smiled so sweetly that I just about had to cry right then and there:) Of course mom had to give me a great big hug as well and it's very nice to get to see that other side of the sick babies...makes it all worth while!!

anniesong

Specializes in NICU.

When you don't assess strangers' veins, like all the other nurses, but you *do* estimate the gestational age of every pregnant woman you see just in case they deliver right in front of you.

Further, when your pregnant friends hit 28 weeks you relax, because that's practically term, right?

When you see no problem with cussing out a newborn who won't eat/pooped on you/puked on you/won't stop crying/won't give up a measly drop of blood for a Dextrostick, as long as you do it softly and in a sweet nursery-rhyme voice. Hey, they don't know the difference!

So very, very true! I'm not even sure when I started doing that first one quoted up there... I just suddenly found myself guesstimating such things one day!

2curlygirls

Specializes in NICU. Has 10 years experience.

I love it!

-You've discovered the therapeutic value of pointing and glaring at your twitty preemie.

-"twitty" is an acceptable adjective to use in describing the overall status of your patient during rounds, as is "twitchy"

And I don't know about you all but I constantly hold my children's hands in such a way that I can assess their radial pulses.

babynurselsa, RN

Specializes in ER, NICU, NSY and some other stuff. Has 12 years experience.

Hmm, our 8th floor windows don't open either. But there is always the pneumatic tube system with it's 1 kilo weight limit!

I have on more than oe occasion threatened to tube patients to the lab.

Especially when the new lab tech who will only accept the "perfect specimen" call for the 3rd redraw from my 500gm baby, or that cranky gut kiddo....

You actually groan inwardly at the thought of higher order multiples. (goodness...triplets AGAIN?!) Whereas the rest of the population seems to think it is sooo neat and cute...the more the better.

preemieRNkate, RN

Specializes in Level III NICU. Has 7 years experience.

You actually groan inwardly at the thought of higher order multiples. (goodness...triplets AGAIN?!) Whereas the rest of the population seems to think it is sooo neat and cute...the more the better.

I have a friend who is always saying that she would love to have twins or triplets. I think she's nuts.

NicuGal, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU. Has 30 years experience.

Oh, those are all good LOL

You threaten to take the security band off that screaming chronic and put him in the hall with a sign that says TAKE ME....and you know darn well they'd get to the elevator and bring him back! LOL

Or you loving look at those wonderful forehead veins on your baby or a friends and think, Oh if only they all had such beauties :)

And then you thread a #26 angio into something that closely resembles that spider vein growing down your leg, only that may be bigger!

got a urine shower the other day, myself, from a bitty girl, no less. how she managed that, i don't know. fortunately it was near the end of the shift and i went home and took a looong shower, but i couldn't help thinking that if the same thing had happened with a grown-up patient, i'd have stripped right down and had the hazmat team set up a shower right there on the spot :chuckle.

i had one pee on me at 8 in the morning! thats always a great way to start the day.

prmenrs, RN

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control. Has 42 years experience.

When I first met my son in the NICU, one of the things that impressed me was that this

wensday, MSN, RN, APN, NP

Specializes in NICU and neonatal transport. Has 12 years experience.

...you've ever been freaked out seeing an adult (or even small child!) sized ETT.

...your bladder is bigger than your patient.

...you've had daydreams of smacking parents on the head with a bendybar.

...at least one of your patients has been on tv/in the paper as a miracle baby.

...you've ever got a medic opinion on a baby that's 'just not quite right' and find it hard to explain how you know the baby is obviously septic/had a bleed/got NEC with the most vague symptoms.

Argh, first night tiredness is not helping my brain :mad:

elizabells, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU.

Or you ever get breastmilk in your eye. Been in the NICU over 2 years now and that happened to me last night for the first (and hopefully the last) time :barf01:

I just have to resurrect this old thread to tell this story:

The other day I was standing across an open crib from a colleague chatting. She aspirated her kid's NGT prior to a feed. She was expelling the air from the syringe prior to refeeding the aspirate. And a drop just... flew out of the syringe and landed in my OPEN MOUTH.

Partially. Digested. Breast milk. In my mouth. First time I've actually vomited at work 2/2 something gross.

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

Partially. Digested. Breast milk. In my mouth. First time I've actually vomited at work 2/2 something gross.

Just think of all those antibodies you missed out on in that drop...:D

Just think of all those antibodies you missed out on in that drop...:D

Thanks Elvish, I almost choked on my tea after reading this comment!!!

preemieRNkate, RN

Specializes in Level III NICU. Has 7 years experience.

I just have to resurrect this old thread to tell this story:

The other day I was standing across an open crib from a colleague chatting. She aspirated her kid's NGT prior to a feed. She was expelling the air from the syringe prior to refeeding the aspirate. And a drop just... flew out of the syringe and landed in my OPEN MOUTH.

Partially. Digested. Breast milk. In my mouth. First time I've actually vomited at work 2/2 something gross.

Ew. I once had a booger land on my lip. I was using a bulb syringe and squirting the boogies out onto a piece of gauze, and one ricocheted off the gauze and right onto my lip. That was gross. You all know what kind of stuff you can get out of a kid's nose. It's amazing sometimes how they can even breathe!

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