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What does a Neonatal Nurse do an a regular basis?

I wanted to know what a Neonatal nurse does on a regular basis because I wanted to know the type of things that you have to do. For example taking care of patients...
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I myself am not a Neonatal Nurse. However, my sister is! Based on the conversations I have had with her I feel I can give you the gist of what her daily life is like at work. She works in the Neonatal ICU which means she works with newborn babies that are not healthy or are premature. On a typical daily basis she works nights three days a week. These are 12 hours shifts. She works every other weekend on a rotating basis as this is how it works when working at a hospital. She does not get all holidays off, she is able to request a few holidays off a year but every other year she has to work on the holiday she had off the previous year. As a brand new nurse out of college she was put on the overnight shift which is typical at hospitals. As a new nurse you will likely have a similar schedule. As far as her day-to-day schedule she goes into the hospital and into the NICU, she has to check her patient's charts, administer medicine to patients, preform various tasks to help the babies with breathing and with incubation. She checks their vitals, gives them shots, holds them and comforts them, talks to them, check's their IV's, put's IV's in, charts/records their vitals and information, checks their charts to see what medicines or treatments they need and or last had. She works with other nurses and doctors and does not do rounds because all of the babies are in one place. I hope this helps!

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