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neonatal nurses working with premature and poorly newborn babies

neonatal nurses working with premature and poorly newborn babies

ocassionally a mum that has had a premature baby sees the dedication that the neonatal nurses show in working with these prem babies that they decide a career change is in order later down the line.Neonatal nurses work both, within the community and in the maternity/children's hospitals. Alongside caring for the healthy babies, they are responsible to care for those newborn babies, who are either born prematurely, or have certain health problems such as infections, cardiac malformations, and so on.Responsibilities:
• To regularly change the baby's diapers, especially as the baby is born with certain ailments
• To feed and to cuddle to baby from time to time
• To constantly monitor the condition of the baby
• To administer the medications that the baby receives
• To support the parents and family of a newborn, who is ill
• To communicate and interact with the parents and to encourage them to participate actively in their baby's treatment
• To look after the prematurely born infants, kept in incubators

One needs to be a registered and a licensed nurse (with at least a bachelor's degree in nursing) or a midwife, in order to be able to work in the field of neonatal nursing by undertaking continuing professional development. At least six months of relevant experience is often preferred. Other required skills include:
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Sensitivity towards the feelings of parents and other members of the family
• An in-depth understanding of psychological as well as physiological needs of the baby
• Punctuality, patience, and ability to face new challenges every day
• Ability to work in a team
• Quick and apt decision-making skills
• Focused and attentive
• Competent to work in a highly technical area
• Optimistic outlook

The average salary of a neonatal nurse in the United States is about $75,000 and a very worthwhile job looking after these tiny and poorly babies.

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