Next up in the nursing news this week is a great article I found over on the Houston Chronicle site at Chron.com that shows the day in the life of a NICU nurse. I’ve always said it takes a special kind of nurse to care for these very special patients in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Showing the Public the Faces of Nursing

Sleeping newborn baby. The first days of life of the newborn girlAs a parent, I, too, experienced the caring and knowledgeable touch of a neonatal nurse on a family at a fragile time in their lives. I love to see articles like this that promotes the work that we do as nurses.

The article is very thorough and talks about the care NICU nurses provide both in and out of the hospital. The author details the different patient acuity levels in different neonatal units as well as the nurses who provide home based care for newborns.

Nursing Professional Organizations Are Key

Another good thing about the article is the way the reporter talks about the high level of professionalism and education of the nurses in these critical positions. She does a good job of showing how nurses discover their passions in different areas of patient care once they are out of nursing school.

The nurse in the article also talks about the importance of being a member of their own professional specialty nursing organization in this case the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). I think it’s incredibly important to stress to all of us the need to be participants in our own nursing professional associations. I know from my attendance at many nursing conferences around the country how those events and the ongoing support throughout the year revive the passion in us for our nursing care and helps us to always be using best practices in what we do.

I urge you to read the article for yourself and maybe pitch the idea to your local newspaper or radio or TV station about doing a similar story on nurses in your local facility. There’s no substitute for good PR in this day and age. If you get them to do an article like this, make sure you shoot me the link in an email and I’ll see about featuring it on the show and at NursingShow.com.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Join the Epic Nurses Health Study and Episode 341.

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