Dear Sydney, Nurses with the compassion that you describe can be a great advocate for the babies they care for in the NICU. No one would want a nurse caring for their baby who didn't have a "heart" for the baby! So, this compassion can certainly be an asset to your patients. When you go to nursing school you learn many steps that are life saving- It is important to act quickly during a crisis to handle the situation regardless of your patient type. So, yes...you will have critical patients. They can't speak for themselves and you will need to learn great assessment skills so you will know what needs they have when they can't tell you. It is a challenge- but also such a GIFT. Caring for these tiny patients is very rewarding because many of the most premature infants would not have survived even a few decades ago- Babies as small as a pound and at 23 weeks gestation (40 weeks is term) survive and THRIVE. Neonatal medicine has advanced quickly and I love the field because we are continuing to learn better ways to care for premature and sick infants. We also have the added dynamic of the family at the bedside-- they, more than anyone, hate to see their babies suffering- so the nurse at the bedside makes sure that the baby gets the best care possible and does NOT suffer. The nurse makes the baby comfortable, watches for changes in their status, provides warmth, fluids, nutrition and medications, all while teaching the parents at the bedside to support their baby developmentally. It is a GREAT career and I hope you will consider the challenge!