Nina was born 9 weeks early and was in the NICU for 5 weeks struggling with respiratory distress due to her immature lungs. At the age of 9, with her family, she is traveling to raise awareness and encouraging people to participate in the March of Dimes’ largest fundraiser, March for Babies.
“We help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the problems that threaten our babies and work on preventing them.” -March of Dimes
Neonatal nurses can negatively impact communities by not providing sufficient numbers of nurses to meet the national guidelines. So the units caring for the most vunerable babies are also the most understaffed, putting the health of critically ill newborns at risk.
Doctors can be any where and still care for the tiny neonates in the NICU through the technology we have. A hospital in Dallas Texas has this technology now, but I expect this to spread trough out the world in the future.
They are researching the equipment in todays NICU, trying to get it smaller in the future and not as big and bulky as it is now.
To prepare myself for the future I am going to keep up with the latest things happening in the neonatal world. I think the biggest change in the NICU and neonatal practice within the next 5 years is going to be the coming of new and more advanced technology.
Technology is insane! Doctors can now be miles away and still care for precious neonates
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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Babies born with critical medical needs, need the best care available. Sometimes that means traveling to a hospital far from home.
At Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, a new tool in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) enables doctors to examine babies 125 miles away, and confer with their physicians families.
Called the TeleNICU, the state-of-the-art technology is a bridge for physicians to collaborate on diagnoses and care for the most fragile babies with serious medical needs.
Neonatologist Dr. Rashmin Savani is director of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He practices at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
“The babies we deal with are fragile. They don’t tolerate transfers (through ambulance or helicopter) very well. We want to avoid transfers, if possible. That’s going to result in a better outcome,” Dr. Savani said.
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To become a neonatal nurse you fitsr must become a registered nurse (RN) or a nurse practitioner (NP). An RN is typically a graduate of a 4-year college or university.Following that you have to get certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and/or Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing.You may be required to complete a certian number of years of clinical experience in a hospital setting.A master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is required for becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner.Once you have completed all your schooling and training you must become certified by the State Board of Nursing or recieve a national certification from an agency like the National Certification Corporation.
National Association of Neonatal Nurses “NANN is the professional voice that shapes neonatal nursing through excellence in practice, education, research and professional development.” They keep neonatal nurses up to date with everything going on by holding conferences, online learning, and information on research. While connecting the nurses and neonate families to.
Neonatology was first started by french midwives at the end of the 19th century. The first French National School of Midwives was established by Jean Anyoine Chaptal, it was going to provide a model of midwife training for the entire nation.Dr.Tarnier was the first obstetrician interested in understanding and helping the premature, weak and sickly babies. His midwife-in-chief helped him along the way of providing better care for the new research and care they were doing. The French government, was supportive of any experimental effort to decrease infant mortality.
The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) was founded in 1984 by five neonatal nurses in Northern California. The associations’ purpose is to adress the educational needs within the evolving world of neonatal nursing while giving neonatal nurses national representation.