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Career of a Neonatal Nurse

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Neonatal nurse
Job Description Full-term and premature newborns that have critical medical problems or considered high-risk will be taken care of by neonatal nurses. While the newborns undergo treatment, Neonatal nurses also work with the patients’ families. Neonatal nurses are usually employed in health care facilities such as women and children’s clinics, and hospitals, among others. They may provide assistance in many ways: they deliver and transport patients, resuscitate newborns, and teach family members on the care of high-risk neonates. Types Neonatal nurses • Level I - consists of care for healthy infants. • Level II - consists of caring for premature and sick babies. • Level III - consists caring for seriously ill and/or premature babies. This care requires constant and continual care as babies are connected to ventilators and incubators.

Neonatal Nurse
Skills & High School Requirements Skills:
•very good interpersonal skills •an empathetic understanding for the parents and other family members •an interest in new-born babies •a good understanding of the physiological and psychological needs of the new-born •the competence to work in a highly technical area •the ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team.

High School Requirments:
Should focus on chemistry, biology, algebra and calculus. Take 2 years of a foreign language, 3 years of math and science, and 4 years of English classes in your undergraduate college studies.

 You can earn an Associate Degree in about 2 years. An associate degree is typically the minimum requirement for becoming a registered nurse; this will take about 2-3 years of college.  Another option is a bachelor's degree which will take 4 years to complete. This would offers more career opportunities, room for advancement, and better salaries.  A neonatal nurse must be a registered nurse (RN) with a four-year bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN).

Top State and National Colleges
Dillard University is the top State College in Lousiana for Nursing. Top National Colleges !
1. Johns Hopkins University

2. University of Pennsylvania
3. University of Washington

Louisiana State University Tuition:

Direct Costs  Dillard’s tuition is $14,600 on and off Campus.  Room and Board is $9,314.  Mandotry fees you must pay is $1,260. Indirect Costs  Books and supplies is $1,200.  Transportation is $1,810.  Personal/Miscellaneou would be $1,940. Total Cost= $30,124

Job Market
Job growth for neonatal nurses has been projected at a faster-than-average rate of 22%. The demand for nurses in advanced practice specializations is expected to increase extremely high.

Potential Income
Neonatal nurses, reported earning a median annual wage of $65,950 or a median hourly wage of $31.71 nationwide.  The lowest 10 percent earned $44,970 or less, while other nurses reporting in the top 10 percent earned in excess of $96,630 annually.

Work Cited
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"What Is Neonatal Nursing?" Neonatal Nursing Career Info. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Oct. 2013. "What Is the Average Neonatal Nurse Salary?" Work. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Oct. 2013.