Neonatal Nurse

A neonatal nurse specializes in round-the-clock care of newborn babies. According to the website there are three duty levels at which they can work. Level 1 duties involve feeding changing diapers and keeping track of the vital signs of healthy newborn babies. Level 2 duties involve the same tasks but working directly with infants that are premature or have health complications. Level 3 neonatal nurses can perform all Level 1 and Level 2 duties but they can also work in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) checking ventilators incubators and feeding tubes of premature and the most vulnerable critically ill babies. At all levels neonatal nurses must keep meticulous records and report any signs of trouble to the medical team in charge. In addition to medical and technical knowledge neonatal nurses often communicate with new parents offering instructions on how to feed bathe and care for newborn infants. Neonatal nurses are employed by hospitals and private clinics but some work as nurse midwives. To enter this profession neonatal nurses first become registered nurses by earning an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program and passing a licensing exam. Then they must complete at least one year of clinical experience and spend time working in an NCIU. According to the website neonatal nurses who work with premature babies must be certified as neonatal resuscitation providers. Some neonatal nurses complete a two-year Advanced Practice Neonatal Nursing (APNN) program in order to become nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists. The website says that neonatal nurses start out earning annual salaries of approximately $50000. However their salaries increase with experience and after 10 years they can earn between $65000 and $75000. Those who qualify as nurse practitioners earn an average annual salary of approximately $84000.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $67000
High Salary: $84000
Low Salary: $50000
Tasks: Works in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Cares for premature babies.
Monitors infants for signs of health problems.
Communicates with parents on the health status of their babies.
Also Called: Premature Baby Nurse
Newborn Nurse
Baby Nurse
Registered Nurse
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