I did not know the overwhelmed look of joy and terror that appears on a new dad's face when he gets a first glimpse at his preemie's itty-bitty body. When it comes to having babies, it's not about you.
I've been a #NICU nurse for nearly 5 years now. Both a source of joy and sadness, the NICU is a place that is near and dear to my heart. Read on for the things I wish I knew before beginning my journey in one of the most high intensity units in nursing.
‘Some days you will question your sanity. You will wonder why you’re doing this job at all. You are so much more than just a nurse. I’ve had that baby. I’ve had that patient. I’ve cared for the couple whose baby is no longer alive. I’ve fought to save the mother who is bleeding out. I’ve resuscitated the baby as parents stare back in desperation. Your work isn’t measured by a single moment or shift, but the lives of those you touch.” [Full Story on Site] #LoveWhatMatters Credit: Amber L.
To help you and your NICU team talk to parents about their newborns’ conditions and treatments, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals has developed these education resources. You will need Adobe® Reader® to view the downloads below.