The main responsibility of a neonatal nurse is to assist mothers with the birth and post-birth of their child. On a day to day basis, a neonatal nurse is required to perform the following responsibilities: performing professional nursing duties, testing cognitive skills on newborn babies, performing neonatal tests throughout pregnancy, helping patients select an effective plan of care, and taking care of patients.
As a neonatal nurse, one can expect to work during the day, but depending on the company, hours can change and turn into a night shift. One usually works in twelve-hour shifts, and this type of work can be mentally and physically exhausting.
The following are required in order to apply as a neonatal nurse: a team-oriented mentality, a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, the ability to focus on improving relationships with current and possible customers, passion about one's work, and the ability to adapt quickly to new tasks. In order to be considered for this type of job, one must have completed a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing and have 3-5 years of related experience. One must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to make important decisions under pressure, and have experience using Microsoft Office.
One must have the following skills in order to be a neonatal nurse: basic life support, knowing the anatomy of a baby and the mother, and knowing how to resuscitate the baby or mother in case something goes wrong during the birth.
Neonatal Nurse (RN) Tasks
Document patient's status according to organizational policies and procedures.
Assess patient's condition, including biophysical, psychosocial, age specific needs, and safety needs.
Deliver patient care through the nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation.
Develop an individualized plan of care utilizing the nursing and medical diagnoses.