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Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses care for premature and critically ill newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of a hospital. These babies are born needing immediate medical attention, so Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses connect them to technology that helps them breathe and allows them to be fed intravenously, so they can gain weight. As a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, you’ll work under the direction of a physician, caring for the newborn, and helping to educate their new mothers about their baby’s condition, breastfeeding, and answering their questions.

Things You'll Do:

  • Monitor the newborn's condition
  • Administering necessary medications to the baby
  • Record the newborn’s progress and recovery
  • Change diapers
  • Hold and comfort the babies in distress

Your job characteristics:

  • Fast-paced
  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Take elective courses in neonatal nursing during school.
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Get several years of clinical experience working with neonatal patients before applying to take your certification exam for neonatal nursing.
  • Pass Your
    Critical care neonatal nursing certification exam through the American Association of Critical Care Nursing
  • Become a
    Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • NICUs in hospitals

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $45K - $58K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Job competition is high, as this specialty is a popular one. The more advanced your degrees and/or certifications are, the more likely you are to get the position you want as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse.

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