Neonatal nurses are the backbone of critical care for newborns. They play
an essential role in the
maternity hospital at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center and in the ER when infants
need emergency care. In honor of Neonatal Nurses Day on September 15,
take a moment to learn about the jobs of these crucial healthcare providers.
What Is Neonatal Nursing?
Neonatal nursing is a type of specialty field within nursing. These nurses
have special training in treating newborn infants and babies up to one
month of age, although some neonatal nurses provide care after that age
window for conditions that occurred within the neonatal period. They have
specialized training to deal with patients in this age group beyond their
general nursing education.
What Types of Conditions Do Neonatal Nurses Treat?
Neonatal nurses assist doctors in providing care to infants who develop
a range of serious health conditions, from birth injuries to low birth
weight, birth defects, cardiac problems, and surgical complications. Often,
they work in the maternity units of hospitals and begin assisting with
care as soon as a newborn presents health problems. If an infant needs
intensive care, neonatal nurses in the NICU—the neonatal intensive
care unit—are involved in the care. In other cases, neonatal nurses
may assist with caring for infants who come to the hospital for emergency
care. Because many conditions that occur immediately after birth persist,
some neonatal nurses may be involved with a baby’s care for longer
than the strictly neonatal period.
The neonatal nurses are essential members of our team at Southern Hills
Hospital & Medical Center. They provide compassionate care to newborns
and their families during particularly stressful medical crises with the
smallest possible patients. Our neonatal team is one of the reasons so
many families choose our maternity hospital in Las Vegas when they are
ready to welcome a new member into the world. You can find out more about
our maternity services and request a referral to one of our
family care specialists by calling (702) 880-2700.