Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse

By: Maiya Dickie

Neonatal nursing, focuses on providing care to newborn infants and families when the newborn's health condition requires more support than a traditional newborn. Neonatal nurses work with newborns with a variety of problems such as different heart defects, prematurity, surgical problems, and other body malformations. Neonatal nurses are healthcare professionals skilled in handling newborn babies for the first four weeks of their lives. A neonatal nurse has a very important role of advocating the parents in times of stress. The neonatal nurse must encourage parents and family members to take part in the care of the baby.

                                                           Required skilled:

Neonatal nurses should have some additional skills that are specific to their practice. For example, a neonatal nurse is dealing with a very small patient who can easily be harmed by too much medication. The neonatal nurse should be very familiar with medications, know how to administer them and what the correct dose is for an infant. The neonatal nurse must be able to assess an infant and identify any deviations from normal. Her task is made more difficult because she cannot verbally communicate with the baby.

                                              Educational Requirements:

The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accredits nursing programs at all levels. This organization is recognized by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the U.S. Department of Education. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, all states require graduation from an NLNAC-accredited program to become a licensed nurse.It’s necessary to obtain an undergraduate education before beginning neonatal nursing studies. Community/junior colleges offer associate degrees in nursing (two-year programs) whereas four-year institutions offer bachelor’s degrees (four-year programs).

Information about at least one college or University where the educational requirements can be met.

Kaplan UniversityMinimum eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED

School locations:

  • Online Learning

Online Programs

                                                  Salary (Income) Expectations:

In the united states, a neonatal nurse receives a media salary of $50,241 per annum. A newly practicing nurse with less than 1 year of experience receives a national hourly rate of $22.67. But neonatal nurse salary varies from country to country and also state to state. neonatal nurse with 1 to 4 years of experience collects a national hourly rate for $23.55. The median hourly rate for all neonatal nurse fin the US is $30.73.

                                                                Future Outlook:

It will be hard for someone to get a job being an NICU Nurse because you have to make certain grades you have to go to a school where the school accepts you, you have to be accepted into the nursing field, that's why you don’t find many NICU Nurses. There are many NICU Nursing job here in the United States because the United States are known for there good nursing programs. This job of being a NICU Nurse to me doesn't die off because it's a job that i think that a person can't get tired of doing.


Some specific reasons why this career might be appealing to some people because the emotional and spiritual rewards of nursing can be deeply felt. This can be even more pronounced with neonatal nursing because the patients are newborns. Every nurse that gets a new patients have to be mentally and physically prepared for them. They will have to get the understanding that they are going to lose patients and save patients but they have to be ready for anything.

                                                Similar careers to your chosen career:

Some similar jobs to being a neonatal nurse is being a nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners.

                                       Why did you picked this career to explore:

The part that interested me the most about being a neonatal nurse is when i was younger i got to experience my baby cousin being worked on by NICU Nurses and the way the nurses was working on her made me mad at the fact that they had to poke her so many times to find her veins and as i was watching i thought to myself i'm going to be better at doing their job because they weren't doing it right and i'm going to be successful at doing it. I think that i would be great a being a NICU nurse because i'm good with babies and its something that i would enjoy waking up knowing that i'm going to a job with something that i enjoy doing.



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