I get asked this question a lot.. Why NICU nursing? 🩺
During nursing school I almost dropped out because I hated it and one of my professors actually told me that maybe nursing isn’t right for me. I hated the long term care facilities, med/surg, basically anything with adults. I thought I chose the wrong career.. until I stepped foot in the NICU. I instantly fell in love and knew that’s where I was supposed to be.
When I tell people I work in the NICU I always hear “omg it must be so sad” and honestly 95% of the time, it’s not... of course there are some extremely sad & heartbreaking situations but for the most part they do really well and go home as happy chunky babies. They may be little but don’t underestimate the strength and fight in a preemie. 👊🏼
I love how specialized the NICU is and how every day is different. One day I can have a super sick 1lb micropreemie on a vent, sedated, multiple lines & drips, chest tubes etc and the next day I can have a chunky little one to cuddle that’s going home soon.
I love following a baby from a tiny micropreemie all the way until discharge- advocating for them, helping them grow, knowing what you do really makes a difference, celebrating milestones with the parents and really bonding with the families .. I’ve even babysat babies when they went home because the parents didn’t trust anyone else to take care of them which to me is a huge compliment.
I love being a part of parents connecting with their baby for the first time, seeing a mom physically relax when you walk into the room and hearing her say “I’m sooo happy you’re her nurse tonight!”, helping a new scared parent feel more at ease, handing a mom her new baby to hold for the first time after weeks of waiting because he/she was too sick and unstable and watching the tears roll down her face.. the feeling is indescribable. I could go on and on about what I love about the NICU but at the end of the day as corny as it may sound I genuinely feel like it was a calling and I know it’s where I was meant to be ❤️