The NICU multidisciplinary team embraces a family-centered approach to patient care and consists of nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatologists, respiratory therapists, case managers, lactation consultants along with physical and occupational therapists. During your baby’s stay, we will work closely with you in planning developmentally appropriate care based upon the needs of your baby and family as well as assisting you in preparation for discharge home.
The NICU DIRECTOR has 24-hour responsibility for the smooth operation of the NICU. If there are ways the Director can make your stay more comfortable or beneficial, please don't hesitate to ask.
The NICU CHARGE NURSE is also available in the unit each shift to make sure the unit has all the necessary resources to provide patient care.
REGISTERED NURSES (RNs) will take care of your infant while in the Neonatal ICU. We also have highly qualified LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSES (LVNs) who work closely with the RN in caring for your infant.
A NEONATOLOGIST is a pediatrician who specializes in the care and treatment of sick and premature newborns. The neonatologists is available in the unit 24 hours a day.
The NEONATAL NURSE PRACTIONER (NNP) is a professional registered nurse who has neonatal intensive care experience and has advanced training in the care of sick and premature newborns. Under the general supervision of the doctors, the NNPs provide care, write orders and perform procedures for your infant. NNPs are typically available in the unit 12-24 hours a day.
RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS may also work with your infant. They assist in operation of respirators and perform procedures that help with your infant's breathing as well as help in other patient care activities.
The PHYSICAL/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST may work with your infant to help with motor skills and coordination.
The DIETICIAN is a registered professional who helps the team to coordinate your infant's nutritional needs.
A CHAPLAIN is available 24 hours a day to NICU families to help provide spiritual assistance. You may also have your own minister come into the unit to meet you if you desire.
A SOCIAL WORKER is a health care professional who is specially trained to help families cope with the emotional reactions of your baby’s NICU stay. The social worker can help you obtain the information you need from your baby’s doctors, provide you with sources of information on your baby’s medical conditions, help you deal with financial difficulties and stress, and help you make any special arrangements you may need for your baby’s discharge and follow-up care.
The UNIT SECRETARY helps the NICU team by doing clerical work and coordinating nursing activities.
A LACTATION CONSULTANT is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, works as a member of the health care team and supports breastfeeding families through education and professional advice.