It takes a special person to pursue a career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Your passion and skills in monitoring and caring for infants in a 24/7 neonatal hospital setting are highly valued!
A key to finding the right career fit is determining how your skills and interests align to the levels of Neonatal Intensive Care available for newborns in the NICU. Our Melnic job board has opportunities at all levels:
- Level I – Babies who receive healthy newborn postnatal care
- Level II – Babies born <32 weeks gestation who do not need intensive care and monitoring and are responding rapidly to Level II care
- Level III – Babies who are critically ill and require complex care, monitoring, and life support
- Level IV – Babies with severe, complex illnesses and conditions, extremely low birth weight, or those in need of or recovering from surgery or complex procedures. This is the highest level of neonatal care available.
Neonatal medicine is a constantly changing field, and there is no shortage of opportunities for NNPs, CNSs, and PAs to learn and advance through degree programs, conferences, seminars, research, and membership in professional organizations.
The Rewards of Working in the NICU
There’s no doubt that working in the NICU can be challenging and stressful as you face life-and-death situations with the hospital’s smallest and most fragile patients. But, those Advanced Practice Practitioners who thrive in the NICU environment agree that the personal satisfaction of seeing newborns’ progress is worth the challenges. Some of the top career rewards in the NICU include attending deliveries, being inspired by the resilience of tiny babies, supporting families and new parents, and working in an area of medicine that is high-tech and always advancing.
What about you? What do you love best about working in the NICU? Leave us a comment below!
Top Jobs in the NICU
If you are a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or physician assistant who is considering a change, we welcome the chance to help you find your dream job! There are great opportunities on our job board to provide excellent patient care in a hospital near you.
This week we are featuring NNP positions at seven different Children’s Hospitals across the country.
- Care for premature and critically ill newborns at Valley Children’s Hospital. This NNP NICU position in Madera, California is in a Level IV, 88 bed NICU and bilingual skills are desirable.
- Rady Children’s Hospital has great opportunities for full or part-time NNPs in a San Diego community hospital NICU. Signing bonus and relocation assistance are included.
- For a high-tech career opportunity, see this Level III/IV NNP position in Chicago with Lurie Children’s Hospital. This 42 bed Level III/IV NICU is equipped with cutting-edge treatments and therapies including ECMO, nitric oxide, and high-frequency ventilation.
- A highly flexible and motivated NNP Transport Leader is needed to care for high-risk critically ill newborns during transfer to the main hospital at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis.
- If staff development interests you, consider this NNP Level II/III/IV NICU job with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio that includes responsibilities planning and orienting new NNPs.
- Le Bonheur Children’s Hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee is also seeking NNP Level II/III/IV NICU staff to deliver patient care to critically ill newborns in a 60-bed NICU.
- Seattle Children’s Hospital has an NNP NICU position at the main children’s hospital and various community locations providing assessment and critical care for tiny infants in the NICU.