This was a teaching facility so residents were always available if needed.
Charge Nurse, NICU (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 29, 2013
I would receive report from night shift. I would then look at the infant's MARs to see when their meds were needed to be given. I would do an assessment on each infant, give meds, suction through the ET Tube PRN, bathe, change linens, and turn the infants. There may be some infants that were not so critical that may have needed NG/po feedings, so I would have fed them. If parents were available, I would ask if they had any questions. If needed, they would speak to the resident or I would help them and if needed and do some education. There may be an admission throughout the day, so I would chart on the infants as soon as possible, so not to get behind. I can not say anything about the management since I worked there so long ago and don't rermember anything. The hardest part of the job was seeing the premies with multiple anomalies and not surviving. The parents were devastated.
Excellent salary and benefits.
Hearing gunshots outside when you were leaving work.