NICU Nursing Job Responsibilities


NICU stands for neonatal intensive care unit which is a special kind of an intensive care unit that specializes in care of an infant (i.e. a newborn) who has a life threatening illness or has had a premature birth thus leading to complications. Neonatal nursing is the provision of caring for the newborn infants, generally up to about a period of 28 days after birth. Since neonatal nurses are a vital part of neonatal care and also since they are dealing with newborns, they must be extremely well educated and well trained. These nurses have a number of critical responsibilities; a list of few is given below.

Sample NICU Nursing Job Responsibilities

  • It is the responsibility of a neonatal nurse to take and monitor the temperature of the newborn baby on regular intervals.
  • The neonatal nurse is responsible for feeding the new born baby and is also responsible for ensuring that the new born is receiving all the nutrients.
  • It is the responsibility of the neonatal nurse to ensure cleanliness of and around the new born by performing tasks such as changing the diapers etc.
  • It is the responsibility of the neonatal nurse to closely watch the newborns for any sign of trouble.
  • It is the responsibility of the neonatal nurse to administer and monitor all of the medical devices such as the life support machines, IVs etc. if any are being used.
  • It is the responsibility of the neonatal nurse to educate the new parents as to how should they take care of the newborn.
  • It is the responsibility of a neonatal nurse to keep the respective doctor updated with the progress of the newborn.
  • It is the responsibility of the neonatal nurse to explain to the parents the progress or the condition of their newborn.

Category: Nursing Job Responsibilities

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