My webliography has finally come to an end. I would like to thank everyone for taking this journey with me. I have shared with you something that is extremely personal to my family and I; something that I have a great passion for. Watching all of these videos, reading the personal stories, and looking through my own photos have made me even more determined to get moving with my medical career. Seeing the joy on the faces of these nurses, and the joy on the faces of the parent’s, reassures me that I have found my calling. Being this type of nurse isn’t for everybody, but it’s for ME.
For parents of premature babies, this can be a life-changing experience. It is both joyful and emotional at the same time. This may also be a time full of worries and questions. From the moment of birth to the moment you walk through your front door with baby in tow, stress begins to rise. While at times you may feel overwhelmed, but it may help to know that you are not the only one. Grahams foundation is a non-profit organization founded by a mother of a premature baby herself. On Grahamsfoundation.com you will find support groups, parental forums, volunteer availability, donations, and personal stories.
Having a baby can be stressful for any parent; but having a premature baby can lead to even more stress. The majority of this stress seems to begin after leaving the neonatal intensive care unit. Once mom, dad, and baby are home there is NO MORE N.I.C.U nurse to be at your every bedside need. This time can bring with it, depression, anxiety, and fear of death. I have included the above link to share with you some of the coping mechanisms that can help both mom and dad with the unexpected.
Finally, after what has felt like a life time in the hospital, it is time to bring your baby home. For a first time parent this can be scary, but for a first time parent of a premature baby this is awfully terrifying. What if he cries? How will I know when he/she is hungry? What happens if he/she stops breathing? These are just some of the questions that go through mom and dad’s minds when they are finally home with their child. No need to worry, before any newborn is released from the hospital detailed information and instructions are given from the nurse of the N.I.C.U. The link I have included with today’s post will explain every aspect that I just touch based on.
Level III: Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery
During level three, nurse care for all neonatal babies during their first month (or twenty-eight days) of life . Newborns who can not be treated through the other two levels are brought here. Nurses working in this level of care are doing so through the following routines:
- Constantly keep an eye on monitors
- First responders if there are any life threatening complications (loss of a heart beat, lack of oxygen)
- Round the clock checking of vital signs (hear beat, temperature, pulse, height and weight)
- They are capable of diagnosing baby with diseases and disorders
- Administer the proper medications
- Preform surgery if needed
(This video may not be suitable for everybody. There is nothing grossly exposed; but it is very emotional.)
Level II: Intermediate Newborn Care
Level two is termed intermediate care or special care; because in this case, baby is suffering from some type of illness. Nurses working in level two nurseries are responsible for the following routines:
- Provide appropriate oxygen
- Intravenous therapy (medications)
- Feeding baby through tubes
- Educate mom and dad on how to properly care for their premature baby
Level I: Basic Newborn Care
Level one is for healthy babies born closer to their due dates, and have minimal or no health complications. Nurses working in level one care are responsible for the following routines:
- Hourly checkins on the mother and baby
- Administering pain medications PRN (as needed)
- Keep the newborn on a fixed eating schedule
- Assist both mom and dad as needed.