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Neonatal Nurse Job Description, Career as a Neonatal Nurse, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training: Bachelor’s degree in nursing and certification

Salary Median: $100,904 per year

Employment Outlook: Very good

Neonatal nurses care for newborns for the first 28 days of the babies’ lives, the children’s most vulnerable stage. Nurses specialized in this field are required to focus not just on healthy infants, but also on ill or premature babies. They monitor the condition of babies, check for signs of distress, and administer medication when necessary. Neonatal nurses are also responsible for providing all kinds of basic care, like changing diapers and feeding babies. They act as a support system for the parents and family of the newborn.

There are three different levels at which neonatal nurses work. Level 1 comprises those who take care of healthy infants, while those in Level 2 care for ill or premature newborns. Neonatal nurses responsible for treating severely ill babies work at Level 3. They work in the intensive care unit and look after infants in incubators or on ventilators.

Another important part of working as a neonatal nurse is communication, interacting with parents. Neonatal nurses need to understand the concerns of the parents and keep them well informed of their child’s condition. They may also be required to teach new parents the basics of child care.

Education and Training Requirements

The first step toward becoming a neonatal nurse is getting a bachelor’s degree in nursing. This qualifies one as a registered nurse, or RN. Candidates must then get certification in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing or Neonatal Resuscitation. In addition to this, it is essential to have at least three years of clinical experience. Candidates wishing to become neonatal nurse practitioners need to have a master’s degree in nursing. Students should opt for courses from institutes accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Following completion of nursing school training, candidates need to be certified by the state nursing board. It might also be beneficial to obtain a national certification from the National Certification Corporation.

Getting the Job

When it comes to looking for a neonatal nursing job, the best place is the Internet. A lot of large organizations, such as hospitals, advertise openings through online career sites. Classified sections of newspapers, too, offer information regarding job opportunities. Nursing schools often provide placement services to their graduates. Additionally, interested neonatal nurses can approach hospitals and clinics directly for suitable positions. Professional associations for neonatal nurses can be another source of information.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Like all professionals in nursing or other medical professions, neonatal nurses begin by working under the supervision of experienced medical personnel. With this experience, neonatal nurses can advance to more responsible positions, like that of head nurse or assistant unit manager. Those interested in the management aspect can take on the role of chief nurse, director, or vice president. However, these are extremely senior-level positions, and it may take several years of hard work and experience to get such roles. Neonatal nurses can also shift to academics and work in the teaching or research departments of colleges and universities. Other career options include involvement in consulting, quality assurance, marketing, and health planning and development.

The job market for neonatal nurses is predicted to experience a huge growth in the next few years. This growth can be attributed to various reasons. Modern fertility treatments have made it possible for many people previously unable to have babies to do so now. Also, since a large number of health care facilities have been established in recent years, there is a shortage of qualified neonatal nurses. On the whole, employment opportunities are likely to increase by more than 20 percent. Those working in Cincinnati, New York City, and Philadelphia are expected to have the best prospects.

Working Conditions

Neonatal nurses work in clean, sterilized, and well-lit environments. Work hours are regular for those employed in offices of physicians. However, those working in the intensive care units of health care facilities need to be available around the clock in cases of emergency. They may even be required to work during weekends and on holidays. Due to the nature of the job, neonatal nurses need to be extra careful about observing safety procedures.

The work of neonatal nurses can be both rewarding and stressful at the same time. Taking care of newborn children is fulfilling, but nurses often have to witness traumatic situations. The emotional strain can take a toll on the personal lives of neonatal nurses and their own families.

Where to Go for More Information

National Association of Neonatal Nurses
4700 W. Lake Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025
http://www.nann.org/

The Academy of Neonatal Nursing
2220 Northpoint Prkwy
Santa Rosa CA 95407-7398
http://www.academyonline.org/

Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing
http://www.neonatalnetwork.com/

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
2000 L St. NW, Suite 740
Washington, DC 20036
http://www.awhonn.org/awhonn/

Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc.
708 Capri Pl.
Edmond, OK 73034
http://www.coinnurses.org/

Salary, Earnings and Benefits

The salary for neonatal nurses in the United States depends on the individual’s experience and education levels. Average annual salaries for entry-level positions are in the range of $49,296 to $68,784, while those neonatal nurses with a few years of nursing experience earn between $67,520 and $84,570 annually. Neonatal nurses with over 10 years of work experience report a median annual salary of $92,607. Some are even known to earn as much as $111,831 per year.

Neonatal nurses enjoy a host of benefits. Apart from sick leaves, vacations, and health insurance, they are often entitled to perks like housing assistance and life insurance.

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over 5 years ago

in 35years ihave never seen a premature baby,but this year i did ,baby born at 24weeks,it was painful as it was a shock to see baby fit on my hand ,so small/tiny.the work done by neonatal staff was awesome.as the hospital had plenty babies being born most had to give space to other new babies ,so we had to go for kangaroo then sent home baby weighing 1,8kg,MY HERAT WANTS TO STATE A PROJECT FOR PREMATURE BABIES IN SOUTHAFRICA AND ZIMBABWE,CARING,FOLLOW UPS FEEDBACKS OVER YEARS,IF POSSIBLE SPECIFIC CLINIC FOR THIS BABIES .PLEASE HELP ME WITH IDEAS AS MUCH AS YOU CAN ,THANK U PAULINE

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almost 6 years ago

to whom it may concern,







My name is Danya Zahran and I'm a student at Health Sciences High and Middle College. In our financial leteracy course, we are currently doing a project on career aspirations. I am very interested in Neonatal education and understand that you do this for a living.I was wondering if you might be able to answer a few questions regarding your career, how you came about this career, your recommendations for a student who is interested in this career, and any other general questions regarding this field? If possible, we can meet up, speak over the phone my number is (619) 8136405, or even an email would be good enough. I thank you very much for all your help and look forward to speaking with you.







Sincerely,



Danya Zahran

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3 months ago

Hi. My name is Summer. I am a senior in high school and I am very interested in becoming a level One Neonatal nurse. I work well with children and I have a passion in caring for them. If you have any tips or tricks to become one I would love an email back! You could reach me at woodsummer88@gmail.com Thank you!

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4 months ago

hi do you have any tips for neonatal work enviroment he he

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4 months ago

hi i am in 5th grad and i want to be a neonatal when i grow up do you have any tips?

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almost 2 years ago

Hi. My name is Shayla. I am very interested in becoming a neonatal nurse. I am only in ninth grade, so do you have any tips I can use to help me graduate and get accepted into a good college and become a neonatal nurse? Thank you for taking your time to read this and I hope you have a very good day. God bless you.

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almost 3 years ago

hi my name is Abby and I am working on a project for my health science class on what I want to do as a career I have want to do this for a while now I would love to speak with anyone that could help me and answer a few questions . To tell me what classes or clubs or something I need to start getting into now to help. please call at (706)595-5079 just ask for abby if anyone else answers the phone.Thanks

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over 4 years ago

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almost 5 years ago

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Hello, my name is Cassie Dalton. I live in Crossville Tn, and I attend Cumberland County High School. I'm taking a Health Science class, and we are working on our Careers. I decided to be a Neonatal Nurse, and I need to interview someone that has already accomplished that career. It would be greatly appreciated if you would take the time and Answer these questions.

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over 6 years ago

Mohammad abu alkbash
Name: mohammad ibraheem abu alkbash
D.O.B.: may.1.1983.
P.O.B.: al samou, Hebron, West Bank, Palestine .
Marital status: Married with one Children.
nationality : Palestinian
Special Interests&Hobbies: Reading ,Sports, Computer, Neonatal Nursing, Nursing,driving.
** i have Jordanian passport **
Language: Arabic: Mother Language. English: Spoken and Written.
Personal Address:
Al samou, Hebron, West Bank, Palestine .
Mobile : 00972–598–752805
Tel. : 00972–2–2268363
E. mail: kabsh2004@yahoo.com
Education :
• Bachelor Degree in the Science of Nursing (RN, BSN). from Hebron University in july2005. (G.P.A.: 74%). Rate: (good+).
• Certificate of the General Secondary Education Examination ( High School Diploma (Tawjihi). In June 2001.
Career Address:
Al Ahli Hospital (Patient’s Friends Society).
Hebron, West Bank, Palestine .
Tel.: 00972–2-2220215 / 2220212
Fax: 00972–2-2229247 / 2224670
P.O. Box 140
Note: AL Ahli Hospital is one of two main hospitals that serve Hebron district area of about (500,000 citizens). It composed of about (177-bed NGO’s Hospital).
Career Objectives:
• To work more professinally.
• To work in the Critical Units that need intensive care, skillful nurse, independet atittude & broad knowledge, and to work in the Community .
• To develop my knowledge & improve my practice in hospital.
•To be a Nursing Educator ( Health Educator).
Employment History ( experience years):
• Sep2005—may2008: - Providing care as Staff Nurse, at red crescent society / Hebron . In the Pediatric Ward and neonate intensive care unit (composed of15 beds and 11 incubator)
• July. 2008 —July 2009: - Providing care as Staff Nurse, at Mohammed ali hospital / Hebron . In the NICU , pediatric. (This is composed of 7 beds for general pediatrics including emergency room and composed from 7 incubators).
• dec 009 — Present: - Providing care as Staff Nurse, Neonatal Nurse, at Al Ahli hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). (Which is composed of 8 beds) and in emergency room for one year at the same hospital .
• July. 09 – present (till now): Providing care as a Part-time Staff Nurse at almezan hospital for one year till now in NICU ( Which is composed of 10 incubators).
• The result is my experience about 6 year in NICU and pediatrics and one year in emergency room .

Professional Activities and special Training Courses:
• Attended the “CPR training program”, at red crescent society / Hebron .
• Attended Workshop in “Oncology Nursing”, (15-hours), conducted at Hebron University , Jan. 2004.
• Attended workshop in “special & Intensive Care Neonatal Nursing Program”, at Bethlehem University May 2004.
• Attended the “Basic Cardiac Life Support ( BCLS) training course. (16 hours) , held at Al Ahli Hospital, Dec. 2010.
Referrences:
Mr. Idrees I’weddat, RN, ENP.
Nursing Chief Officer (Nursing Director). Al Ahli Hospital. Hebron , Palestine .
Tel.:00972-2-2227673 / 2220212, P.O. Box: 140.
Mobile: 00972-599-381082. E-mail: owidat2004@yahoo.com
Mrs. Zainab Sulaiman, RN, MSN.
Acting Dean of Nursing Faculty, Hebron University / Hebron , Palestine .
Tel.:00972-2-2220995. ext. #: 121. P.O. Box: 40.
Mobile: 00972-599-523663, E-mail: zainabnursing@yahoo.com

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over 6 years ago

Mohammad abu alkbash
Name: mohammad ibraheem abu alkbash
D.O.B.: may.1.1983.
P.O.B.: al samou, Hebron, West Bank, Palestine .
Marital status: Married with one Children.
nationality : Palestinian
Special Interests&Hobbies: Reading ,Sports, Computer, Neonatal Nursing, Nursing,driving.
** i have Jordanian passport **
Language: Arabic: Mother Language. English: Spoken and Written.
Personal Address:
Al samou, Hebron, West Bank, Palestine .
Mobile : 00972–598–752805
Tel. : 00972–2–2268363
E. mail: kabsh2004@yahoo.com
Education :
• Bachelor Degree in the Science of Nursing (RN, BSN). from Hebron University in july2005. (G.P.A.: 74%). Rate: (good+).
• Certificate of the General Secondary Education Examination ( High School Diploma (Tawjihi). In June 2001.
Career Address:
Al Ahli Hospital (Patient’s Friends Society).
Hebron, West Bank, Palestine .
Tel.: 00972–2-2220215 / 2220212
Fax: 00972–2-2229247 / 2224670
P.O. Box 140
Note: AL Ahli Hospital is one of two main hospitals that serve Hebron district area of about (500,000 citizens). It composed of about (177-bed NGO’s Hospital).
Career Objectives:
• To work more professinally.
• To work in the Critical Units that need intensive care, skillful nurse, independet atittude & broad knowledge, and to work in the Community .
• To develop my knowledge & improve my practice in hospital.
•To be a Nursing Educator ( Health Educator).
Employment History ( experience years):
• Sep2005—may2008: - Providing care as Staff Nurse, at red crescent society / Hebron . In the Pediatric Ward and neonate intensive care unit (composed of15 beds and 11 incubator)
• July. 2008 —July 2009: - Providing care as Staff Nurse, at Mohammed ali hospital / Hebron . In the NICU , pediatric. (This is composed of 7 beds for general pediatrics including emergency room and composed from 7 incubators).
• dec 009 — Present: - Providing care as Staff Nurse, Neonatal Nurse, at Al Ahli hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). (Which is composed of 8 beds) and in emergency room for one year at the same hospital .
• July. 09 – present (till now): Providing care as a Part-time Staff Nurse at almezan hospital for one year till now in NICU ( Which is composed of 10 incubators).
• The result is my experience about 6 year in NICU and pediatrics and one year in emergency room .

Professional Activities and special Training Courses:
• Attended the “CPR training program”, at red crescent society / Hebron .
• Attended Workshop in “Oncology Nursing”, (15-hours), conducted at Hebron University , Jan. 2004.
• Attended workshop in “special & Intensive Care Neonatal Nursing Program”, at Bethlehem University May 2004.
• Attended the “Basic Cardiac Life Support ( BCLS) training course. (16 hours) , held at Al Ahli Hospital, Dec. 2010.
Referrences:
Mr. Idrees I’weddat, RN, ENP.
Nursing Chief Officer (Nursing Director). Al Ahli Hospital. Hebron , Palestine .
Tel.:00972-2-2227673 / 2220212, P.O. Box: 140.
Mobile: 00972-599-381082. E-mail: owidat2004@yahoo.com
Mrs. Zainab Sulaiman, RN, MSN.
Acting Dean of Nursing Faculty, Hebron University / Hebron , Palestine .
Tel.:00972-2-2220995. ext. #: 121. P.O. Box: 40.
Mobile: 00972-599-523663, E-mail: zainabnursing@yahoo.com