1.)Where do you work? (Provide a name of the company and a description)
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center - RN -Special Care Nursery
2.) Number of years working in this career?
3.)What exactly is your career? What do you do? (Provide your position/title and a
brief description of your responsibilities)
Staff nurse, Providing care for critically ill newborns and their families.
4.)What do you like most about your job? the patients - It is heartwarming to see these critically ill newborns improve, grow and go home
5.)What do you like least about your job? Working holidays and weekends
6.) How did you become interested in this career? I joined a medical-based community service group with the boy scouts (I am a female). With the "Explorers", we got to work in the ED of local hospital as volunteers.
7.) What education and training are necessary for this job? I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. I also hold a Masters degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist –neonatal focus.
8.) What is most challenging about the job? Caring for newborns diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Even with medications, they still can suffer from withdrawal symptoms. I wish I could take it all away so they don’t have to go through it, but we just can’t.
Being on my feet for 12hrs every shift.
Potential personal contamination even with the best of infection protection.
9.) What types of personality traits or skills are most helpful in this career? Why?
Patience, there are difficult people (coworkers and families)
Good detective skills to match your knowledge of neonatal problems, vital signs, etc (remember, infants cant’ tell you what hurts or what is wrong with them).
The love of a challenge, the love of the adrenaline serge you get in emergency situations.
Good speaking skills, you have to know how to talk to people especially parents when they are going thru the worst days of their lives, especially in emergent situations when communicating with your team, etc
The understanding that you must always add to your knowledge base
Calmness in emergent situation
10.) What are some of the benefits and “perks” of this job?
Within neonatal nursing, I have held numerous positions (bedside nursing, education, Transport in helicopters, planes, and ambulance)
I am one who feels comfortable during emergent situations
11.) Approximately how many hours a week do you work?
2-3 12hr night shifts/week
12.) What is the approximate salary range for this job?
I have numerous years of experience and a masters degree in the state of Maryland -70K
13.) Would you recommend this job? Why or why not?
Definitely- for all the reasons above.