June 11, 2015
Interview with Jane Doe
The interviewee. Holds a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Yale. The interviewee works in the neonatal unit. The typical licensure requirement for a person that is in this profession is a four year program at an university or college with a yearlong internship. Obtaining a bachelor degree and entering an accelerated program for nursing with training. Also obtaining a licensed practical nurse license and entering a program that offers BSN with someone who has the LPN license. The starting salary in that profession is about $54,500 a year and with about ten years of experience the salary is $77-100,400.
The interviewee, besides the basic care such as changing diapers and bedding, neonatal intensive care nurses administer medication and IV fluids and perform oxygen therapy. They also feed their patients, sometimes inserting feeding tubes for babies too ill to be nursed. They monitor babies’ vital signs, including temperature, pulse and heart rate. If an infant is not responding well to treatment or his condition worsens, they alert the doctor on duty and administer emergency treatment as directed. Neonatal nurses also keep detailed records of the care they provide and any change in the babies' condition, so nurses on the next shift know what kind of care each patient needs.
The interviewee loves to being able to follow a baby from very sick until discharge. The experience the interviewee feels like has been the most meaningful to being a nurse was looking after a baby that died. The advice the interviewee gave to the youth or people interested in this career is that nursing can be challenging in many ways. Neonatal intensive care nurses spend much of their time on their feet. In addition, they must remain calm under pressure and respond quickly in a crisis, because many of their young patients are so ill that their condition could deteriorate at any second. NICU nurses...