So You Wanna Be a Baby Nurse

Want to become a baby nurse (actually known as a neonatal nurse)? You are not alone. Many nursing students dream of one day holding babies all day long, having one to two patients they can give all their attention to, and bonding with the new mother and father.

If this is your dream, I say go for it. Just remember that this is not a profession of all cookies and cream. There are baby deaths, non-caring parents, children that may become stable, but not without lasting injuries and effects.  You will come under immense stress while dealing with these situations everyday. If you are looking at this page though, you probably already know that, and you just want to know what your next step should be.

A common misconception to those interested in becoming a neonatal nurse is that they need special schooling after nursing school. Good news for you is this is just not true. Only after you start a job in a neonatal area will you need more education. The even better news is that your employer will give you that training. Many times these classes are hospital provided and you may even get paid to go to them!

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If you think you may be interested in this type of nursing here are just a few of the subjects you will become familiar with.

  1. NRP--Which stands for Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  2. APGAR Scores--which assesses the health of a newborn
  3. Necrotizing Enterocolitis --Bowel infection and tissue death
  4. Total Parental Nutrition--food via an IV

We would love to hear from any neonatal nurses that see anything we should add to this page. Please let us know through our contact page if you want something added or amended. Thanks! 

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