Neonatal Nurse

Job Description

Neonatal nurses (RNs) and neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) can work in neonatal intensive care units (NICU), hospitals, clinics or community-based settings. Neonatal nursing demands a high level of diligence and teamwork while consulting or providing education for your co-workers or the family members. You will work closely with the parents and neonatologists and other nurses to provide the best care for your (tiny) patients.

There are III levels of neonatal nursing

-Level I is care for the healthy infants, the demand for this is drastically decreasing because mothers and newborns stay in the same room and leave the hospital sooner.

-Level II has a higher demand because sick and premature babies require much more attention.

-Level III nurses have the most responsibilities and much higher demand because they are working in the NICU and monitoring seriously ill or premature infants 24/7, they also have to connect with the parents and explain how to care for their child or children.

Education/Certifications Needed

Neonatal nurses must be a registered nurse (RN) including a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN), you also must be certified in Neonatal Intensive Nursing and/or Neonatal Resuscitation.

Some positions may want you to have a certain number of years in clinical experience or in a hospital setting.

Colleges Offering

Liberty University

Kaplan University

Grand Canyon University

Yearly Salary

RN $65,470

NNP $105,325

Salary's may vary from workplace to workplace

Expected Outcome

The need for Neonatal Nurses and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners is expected to increase greatly over the next 10 years
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Day in the Life: NICU