Neonatal Nursing Research Paper

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This paper explores articles that report on registered and neonatal nurses. Neonatal nurses provide care for newborn infants with a variety of health problems, such as prematurity, cardiovascular and respiratory that is life threatening if left untreated. Neonatal nurses can care for newborns from birth up to two years of age depending on the severity of their health issues. Neonatal nurses also work with parents as to how to care for their sick infant. Specialization for neonatal nurses varies in three levels: Level I, Level II, and Level III. Neonatal care has been proven beneficial for infants with special care needs. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a separate area of the hospital that is for the care of critically ill babies only. A career in neonatal nursing starts with becoming a registered nurse. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014-15), there are various educational licenses, certifications and registrations requirements that must be met to become a registered nurse. Employment of nurses in the United States is expected to increase. Studies revealed that the demand for …show more content…
Nursing Explorer (2012-15) found that neonatal care is divided into three levels: Level I, Level II, and Level III. Within Level I of neonatal care, the nurses tend to work with healthy babies. During this stage, nurses do not apply long term care because the newborn infants normally stay in the room with their mother. Prematurely developed babies are taken care of under Level II of neonatal care. These newborns require immediate care, such as medications, specialized feeding, oxygen therapy, and intravenous fluids administration. They usually are kept in a health care facility to mature and develop prior to birth. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) refers to Level III of neonatal care. These newborns require intense care including surgery, incubators, support equipment, and