Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurses care for premature and critically ill newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of a hospital. As a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, you’ll work under the direction of a physician, caring for newborns, and helping to education their new mothers about their baby’s condition, breastfeeding and answering their questions.
Where You Can Work
Neonatal Intensive Care nurses work in a hospital’s NICU ward.
Things You’ll Do
- Monitor the newborn’s condition
- Administer necessary medications to the baby
- Record the newborn’s progress and recovery
- Change diapers
- Hold and comfort the babies in distress
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse Salary & Career Outlook
The median annual salary for a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse is $89,960. The career outlook for this field is an increase of 31% through 2022.
- Obtain a Nursing Diploma AND an Associate’s of Science in Nursing or a Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing
- Pass the NCLEX-RN exam
- Get several years of clinical experience working with neonatal patients before applying to take your certification exam
- Pass the Certification for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing exam (RNC-NIC)
To become a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse, you must first pass 2 exams: NCLEX-RN and the RNC-NIC exam. The best way to prepare for both exams is with study aids such as Mometrix’s NCLEX-RN Study Guide, NCLEX-RN Flashcard Study System, and NCLEX-RN Practice Questions. Mometrix also provides RNC-NIC Study Guides, the RNC-NIC Flashcard Study System, and an RNC-NIC Online Prep Course.