NICU Nursing / Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Career
Neonatal Nurse: A Neonatal Nurse is a Registered Nurse who has specialized training in caring for newborn infants. Neonatal Nurses provide healthcare for newborn infants until they are discharged from the hospital. Neonatal Nurses have skills in treating infants with birth defects, infections and cardiac malformations.
There are three levels of Neonatal Nursing:
- A Level I Neonatal Nurse provides care for newborn babies that do not have any illnesses or complications.
- A Level II Neonatal Nurse cares for premature babies, or full term babies who are ill.
- A Level III Neonatal Nurse is a highly skilled advanced practice nurse with specialist training in treating infants with life threatening illnesses. These infants need constant assistance and intervention to survive.
The main duties of a Neonatal Nurse include:
- Providing general healthcare to newly born infants.
- Providing critical care to neonates born with health defects.
- Counseling parents of the infant.
- Monitoring the condition of the infant.
- Operating specialist healthcare equipment.
Where they work: Neonatal nurses work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) of large hospitals. They can also work within the Obstetrical and Nursery Departments of hospitals.
Qualifications: Neonatal Nurses are Registered Nurses with advanced training in Neonatal Healthcare. Registered Nurses with a Bachelorette Degree can continue to train and become credentialed as a Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) by studying a relevant Continuing Education program and passing the National Certifying Exam. Experience of working in Pediatrics or in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, are prerequisites for all NNP programs.
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Below is a list of some of the various types of medical nurses / assistant nurses: