Neonatal Nurse

Adilene Garcia


Neonatal nursing is a long term career. It is specialized for caring for infants(newborns).The tasks you have to do is to take care of newborns for 28 days of their lives. They also help take care of unhealthy newborns and get recovery. Nurses work closely with newborn babies. A person who chooses to go into a career in this field may work with healthy infants or those who are born unhealthy or disorders. Some nurses in this field specialize in caring for premature infants, and some spend most or all of their time working with babies in neonatal intensive care. There are three different duty levels. In level 1 nurses take care of healthy newborn babies. In level 2 their duties is that it requires their responsibilities and it involves taking care of infants who have illnesses or were born to early. Level 3 is where nurses require more working and involves working in an intensive care unit designed just for newborns.
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Advantages/Disadvantages to becoming a Neonatal Nurse

Advantages- Is that I will be able to experience babies first days of life.

-I have always adore and love babies with a passion since I was younger

-I also will be able to help them out.

-I am really interested in getting involved with the medical field.

Disadvantages- there is also some difficult challenges including schedules and health issues and attachment


It was stated that $65,950 or a median hourly wage of $31.71 nationwide. The lowest 10 percent earned $44,970 or less, while registered nurses reporting in the top 10 percent earned in excess of $96,630 annually. Salary also depends on location. According to the BLS website, California is the highest top-paying states, with an annual average wage of $90,860. Another fact is that nursing employment across the board was expected to increase by 22% from 2008-2018.

Educated Needed

In all nursing education programs, students take courses in nursing, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology and take four years to complete. ADN and diploma programs usually take two to three years to complete. Registered nurses usually take 3 educational paths. A Bachelor's degree,an associate's degree in nursing,or a diploma from an approved nursing program. They must also become licensed by passing a national licensing examination.

Working Hours/Schedule

The neonatal nurses basically work the same time as any other registered nurse. But the neonatal nurses that are at level 3 have to be available 24/7 in case of any emergency. Their salary really depends more on the working areas they are by. The median pay is $64,690 per year and $31.10 per hour. Because of patients in hospitals nurses work in rotating shifts so that the patient aren't left unattended. Some of them may have to work nights,weekends, and holidays.Nurses who work in offices, schools, and other places that do not provide 24-hour care are more likely to work regular business hours. Some may be call on.

Job Outlook

Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur fast because of technology advancements, permitting a greater number of health problems to be treated; an increased emphasis on preventive care; and the large, aging baby boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives than previous generations. Faster than average growth is expected in traditional hospital settings, as well as in non-hospital settings, such as physician’s offices and home healthcare services.
The picture below are neonatal nurses helping out newborn babies. Also checking their health.
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Working Conditions

Working Conditions would be all the time in the nursery room taking care of the babies. It is where they have the little cribs in the room with a whole bunch of machines in case of an emergency. Working Condition is that a neonatal in level 2 or 3 have to work 24/7 in case of an emergency. They might also have to work in weekends and holidays.Nurses work in hospitals,small clinics and doctor places,and nursing places.

Advancement Opportunities or Related Jobs

Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and more education they can move to or be encouraged to positions with more responsibility.In management, nurses can advance from assistant unit manager or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director, director, vice president, or chief of nursing. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions require a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication and negotiation skills, and good judgment.These would be some related jobs to neonatal nurses Dental Hygienists,Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, EMT s and paramedics,Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational nurses,physician assistants.

My Goals

My number one goal is to go to Triton College and start the nursing program. I would love to work with newborns. I feel that career fits me the best. I also want to at least get my bachelor's degree and want to help out mothers.