Imagine caring for a newborn baby. Now imagine that baby was only in the womb for 26 weeks, weighs less than 5lbs, and has a host of serious medical issues. That’s what NICU nurses have to deal with on every one of their extremely busy days -- and that's just the babies. Parents often require their own level of very special care, and guess who's also called in for that? Yep -- NICU nurses. We spoke to nurses around the country (thanks, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses!) to find out what heroic lengths these men and women go to.
1. They’re actually in charge of someone’s life
The first responsibility of a NICU nurse is to ensure the child’s survival. The stakes are high and they’re caring for some very fragile lives. Kinda puts that PowerPoint presentation in perspective, huh?