If you’re anticipating the birth of your child, you may have already
taken a tour of the maternity wing at
Regional Medical Center of San Jose. At our community hospital, a team of highly trained providers works closely
together to uphold best practices for mother and baby. Neonatal nurses
play an important role in the maternity department. When an infant is
born with special medical needs, a neonatal nurse is one of the professionals
who will care for him or her.
Background and Training
journey to become a neonatal nurse starts with an undergraduate degree in a nursing program. After earning
an undergraduate degree, prospective neonatal nurses may complete a master’s
degree and perhaps go on to complete a doctoral degree. Neonatal nurses
obtain extensive experience working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs)
and some of them also have general experience in pediatrics and well-newborn
Roles and Responsibilities
The neonatal period of an infant’s life is the first 28 days of life.
By definition, neonatal nurses provide care for infants during this time,
although some infants will require specialized care beyond this point.
A neonatal nurse is specifically trained to care for infants who were
born with special medical needs that require them to remain within the
NICU. Some examples of these medical needs include congenital heart defects,
premature birth, low birth weight, respiratory impairment, and severe
illnesses—just to name a few. Neonatal nurses perform a range of
important tasks in the NICU, including changing feeding tubes, evaluating
and adjusting monitoring devices, administering medications, and performing
intubations. Babies need emotional and social support. Neonatal nurses
provide that support by holding and rocking babies when the parents must
Parent Education and Guidance
Another important aspect of neonatal nursing is providing parental education.
Neonatal nurses help parents learn about their infants’ medical
conditions and special needs. They can clarify discharge instructions
and help parents connect with additional resources when needed.
maternity care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides compassionate health
services to the youngest of patients. Our neonatal nurses in San Jose
are all highly trained professionals who are committed to improving outcomes
for families. If you have questions about the Family Birthing Center in
San Jose, you can contact a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.