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My career, My life, My FUTURE
By: Megan McCoy
What I want to do!
• Neo-Natal nurses focus on new born babies.
Whether they be premature or born right on
time, these nurses handle it all.
• Neonatal nurses help make sure babies are
healthy and are taken care of from birth til’
they leave the hospital.
Different levels of Neonatal nursing
• Level I care for healthy infants. The demand for this
level of neonatal nursing is decreasing because
mothers and newborn babies are now more likely to
stay in the same room together after birth.
• Level II nurses are much more in demand because
premature and sick babies need constant attention.
• Level III nurses have the most intensive responsibilities,
working in the NICU and monitoring seriously ill or
premature infants around the clock. They check
ventilators and incubators, make sure babies are
responding well, and teach parents how to care for
their infants properly.
What does it take to be a Neonatal
nurse?
• Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an
art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a
preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's
work; for what is the having to do with dead
canvas or dead marble, compared with having
to do with the living body, the temple of God's
spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost
said, the finest of Fine Arts. ~Florence
Nightingale~
Now What it really takes to be a
neonatal nurse..
• To be a neonatal nurse you must have a
bachelors degree in nursing
• Then your going to need a Master degree in
nursing
• Must be certified in Neonatal Resuscitation
and/or Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing.
Where Can I Go To school
• Any school that had a bachelor nursing
program
• Schools in Kentucky
– University of Kentucky
– University of Louisville
– Morehead State University
– Georgetown College
– Midway college
Is there anything more special than a
new life?
A new baby is like the beginning of all
things, hope, a dream of possibilities
Salary
• Neonatal nurses make the median salary for a
neonatal nurse in the United States is $80,414.
The middle 50 percent earned between
$73,840 and $87,008. Nurse practitioners
typically make about $20,000 more per year in
base salary than RNs.
• Although some neonatal nurses can earn up
to $190,000 a year depending on Country and
Job responcibilities.
What career options will I have?
• Neo natal nurses find further opportunities for career advancement in the
role of a nurse manager, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, or
developmental care specialist. Nurse managers provide leadership for the
staffing and administration of the NICU, ensuring that the environment
and resources needed for high-quality patient care are available. Nurse
educators and clinical nurse specialists are advanced practice nurses who
provide educational programs and support to both nursing staff and
ancillary staff so that they provide care that is up-to-date and based on
the best available evidence. Clinical nurse specialists may provide direct
patient care at the bedside and give support to staff who are learning
clinical skills. Developmental care specialists are nurses who have studied
the developmental care of sick and preterm infants. They provide direct
care and assist their colleagues in meeting the developmental needs of
these special babies. Other nurses may work in developmental follow-up,
in research, or with specialized populations of infants.
Job outlook
• According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics, nursing employment across the
board was expected to increase by 22% from
2008-2018 (www.bls.gov). Neonatal nurses,
also called neonatal nurse practitioners
(NNPs), can work in clinics, in hospitals or as
consultants.

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