NICU Nurses are very special; we love them and feel that they should be recognized for their talent!
In fact, I'm sure if you have had a baby or grandbaby in a NICU for a short or even more lengthy time, you will agree that you probably couldn't have made it through this experience without the calming, loving, professional manner of the NICU nurse!
Yes, the Nurse in NICU usually will be the first caregiver to see your grandbaby if it is too small, too early or has an issue.
Yes, we hope that all babies are healthy upon arrival, but all too often in today's world, we find that babies may have issues. When these issues happen, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse (NICU) is waiting to explain, assist, discuss, and listen to any and all questions that you may have.
Arrival to the NICU area shows an encapsulated world of wires, tubes, computers, and unusual sounds.
remember, these nurses are the ones that usually are the first to
traditionally feed, change your grandbaby's diaper, hold and nuzzle your grandchild.
Yes, they also continually make sure that the tubes are in place, the oxygen level is correct, if there are issues, the specialists are made aware, and most importantly, understand all those monitor sounds that are constantly going off in the unit.
We found them always protective of our grandchildren.
NICU Nursing and Physicians are checking out my grandsons.
I'm sure that when you first observe a the nurse in NICU, you are
astonished at their seamless ability to get it all done and to have
command of any and all issues that may occur within their shift and
usually with a smile on their faces.
In our experience, we found most of the nurses uplifting, joyful and full of happiness!
No matter the situation, the NICU Nurse was in charge and could answer all the questions, no matter if we had asked before and couldn't remember how to do something!
Yes, some of us had the distinct pleasure of being with our children when our grandbabies were born! Both our twin grandsons were born prematurely, underweight and were babies from what was considered a high-risk pregnancy. So you try to prepare, but I felt when the time arrived, we were ill-prepared for our first visit to the NICU. There are so many questions and remember that it is ok to ask those questions of the NICU Nurse. They eagerly answer those and many more that you will have throughout the stay of your grandchild.
A friend of mine had tried to describe what to expect in our initial visit, however, little did I know that this unique world would become so significant to our little ones and to our family!
Our oldest grandchild went home after three weeks in the NICU. Yes, that meant that Mom needed to be home with him and her youngest child was at the hospital. I'm sure there is medical terminology for this separation....but to me it was so difficult. My daughter needed to rest and bond with her son at home.
Grandparents Are Welcome TOO! My husband and I would go during the morning and early afternoon feedings for our youngest grandson who remained in the NICU. Then Dad would go for the evening feeding.
After my daughter started to feel better, she was able to go
for the evening feeding with her husband. Yes, we had the honor of
babysitting our grandson during that time.
fact, the hospital where our grandbabies were born has a "get-together"
each spring to welcome back the ever growing brood of infants that had
been under their care. See above for some of the fun activities that are experienced each year. Also, a drawing is held for various giveaways!
So much laughter, smiles, excitement and joy wrapped up on a short 4 hour afternoon full of fun for the families and NICU staff of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, Texas.
NICU nurses may work in one of two types of NICUs. Level II NICUs are designed for less critically ill infants, who may require breathing assistance, help with feedings, or special medication. These units are usually found in community hospitals.
Level III NICUs are located in large medical centers and general-care children’s hospitals, and house infants who need the most high-tech and sophisticated care.
Registered Nurses or RN's who work as staff nurses in Level II NICUs may care for up to three or four patients at a time; whereas in Level III NICUs the nurse-to-patient ratio is usually 1:1 or 1:2. Our grandsons were in a Level III NICU setting.
Of course, you may ask....why are NICU Nurses different from any other nurse? Please watch the YouTube video below and see if it answers some of those questions!
Please list the nurse's name, location and why she should be recognized as the "Best" in your eyes!
Our family would like to recognize "Shellie" from NICU at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, Texas.
Reason: Shellie was the NICU Nurse that welcomed our family with a loving smile as we rushed to see our new twin grandsons! With a protective commanding spirit, she taught us the proper procedures so to protect our tiny loved ones from illness and RSV (washing hands, wiping phones and cameras), how to hold and feed a NICU baby (yes, it is a different process than a non-preemie), and how to change diapers and clothes of the tiny baby that has wires and tubes everywhere!
Basically, the list of questions and concerns go on and on until your grandchild has passed all the hurdles and is ready to go home! Can you imagine how many questions I asked! Each day or new concerns meant more questions!
Our grandchildren's parents
are both in the medical field and Shellie answered all the technical jargon
that they each had. She also answered other questions in the simplest of terms for me and my husband. I loved the times that I was able to hold our grandsons while in the NICU and I feel that this was the beginning of a bond that continues today.
Shellie is loved by so many and we thank her so much for being an important part of our grandchildren's lives!
Do you have a great story about your favorite NICU Nurse or experiences that you had during your visit? If so, please share!