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Neonatal care: why it’s a rewarding career, whatever your nursing background

Services for sick babies can offer opportunities for adult nurses keen for a fresh direction
Neonatal nurse on premature baby unit. Services are facing a nurse staffing crisis

Services for sick babies can offer opportunities for adult nurses keen for a fresh direction

If you don’t know much about the neonatal service, you're not alone. Many nurses never see the service so are not aware of the fantastic career opportunities it offers.

Neonatal critical care is a high-cost, low-volume service for newborn infants. Most of the infants are premature but the service also provides care for sick full-term infants, those with medical problems and infants who require surgery.

When the service is covered in the media, it is usually to report a baby enduring dramatic, life-threatening illness and surviving against all odds. Although there are nail-biting moments in neonatal care, thankfully they are rare.

Neonatal units face a staffing crisis

Those who do know about the service also know there is a staffing crisis.

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