Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Labor & Delivery

What does a Nurse who works in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) do?

They are responsible for total nursing care of infants who may be diagnosed with congenital defects, delivery complications, or most often, prematurity. They're responsible for adminstering medicine and daily treatments for the babies in the NICU. They're the most vital part of these tiny infants life as they nurse them back to health so they can go home.

What enviroment do they work in?

NICU nurses work in the NICU, there are two types of NICU's.

  • Level II NICU - less critically ill infants, who may require breathing assistance, help with feedings, or special medication. These units are usually found in community hospitals
  • Level III- house infants who need the most high-tech and sophisticated care

How to become a nurse in the NICU

To become a nurse in the NICU you must for obtain a degree in nursing (Getting your RN), then after this 4 year degree, you're then trained in the NICU unit by expirienced nurses. This training takes up to 6-8 weeks. It is very important that you get the right training in this profession.


RN's salary = $65,000 yearly.

That is about $31.48 an hourl.

Job Outlook

The job outlook of NICU nurses is always in high demand because there is always babies being birthed and unfortunately many babies that aren't ready to go home right away, especially with the high amount of teen pregnancies.

Similar Occupations

Any nursing job in Labor & Delivery is very similar to this job, although you won't be working with extremely sick babies like you would in the NICU you will still be working with newborn babies who need care after birth.