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what is your day-to-day life like and how many hours do you work each day?

i am a highschool student looking for what the life of a neonatal nurse is

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Martin’s Answer

Choosing neonatology as a nursing field is an excellent decision. This critical care area demands specific nursing skills and a strong character. Your day will typically mirror that of any other critical care area. You'll start by receiving the report, reviewing the patient's chart, and then meeting your patient. It's essential to check the monitoring equipment, IV lines, and so forth, ensuring they're working as directed. The remainder of your day will be devoted to caring for the newborn and any visitors. Medical providers will be making their rounds, and there may be one specific provider stationed in the unit. Ideally, the rest of the day will be calm and routine, free of alarms or emergencies. Your breaks and lunch will hinge on someone being available to cover for you. At the end of your shift, typically 10-12 hours, the next shift will arrive and the cycle will begin anew.

As a nurse in this field, you need a resilient spirit, the ability to perform the necessary nursing skills, compassion, and the capacity to maintain emotional balance. Nurses either thrive in this environment or prefer to steer clear of it. It's not a fit for everyone. However, when a newborn is medically discharged from the unit, it brings a wave of joy and satisfaction to everyone involved.
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Lou.’s Answer

Hey There,
Neonatal nurse is a great choice. Typically they work 12hr shifts 3 times a wk. Depending on the census (how many babies are admitted) you will probably have 2-3 babies to take care of. If you have a passion to take care of little ones, this job will be perfect for you. Good Luck! YOU GOT THIS!!
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Tamay’s Answer

Hello!
Great question. I am a respiratory therapist and like most healthcare professionals who work directly with patient I work 12 hours and am currently part-time. Most fulltime jobs at the bedside are 3 days a week , working 12 hours. I have 25 years of experience and enjoy working two shifts per week. That gives me plenty of time to enjoy my days off, hobbies, travel and have time between my busy work days. Its always smart to have a life outside of your job.
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