15 Interesting facts about Neonatal Nurses

The profession of Neonatal Nurse is undoubtedly fascinating, not only because of the nobility of the actions that are exercised during their performance, but also because of the curious facts that are little known.

Things that happen behind closed doors and that only they and the other workers who accompany them know, all this happens in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of any of the health care centers in the United States.

Some curious facts you didn’t know about Neonatal Nurses

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year approximately 15% of babies are born prematurely or with some disease, which is why they must necessarily resort to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where neonatal nurses are waiting for them to give them all their love. This is something that an incubator will never achieve.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Units can save babies who are even very underweight. This is possible thanks to the assistance of neonatal nurses.
  • Nurses work with the most vulnerable patients there are, as they are prone to sudden changes in their condition.
  • Some of the Neonatal Nurses sacrifice to work night shifts, weekends and even vacations.
  • The rewards of the work they do can far outweigh any stress issues that may arise in the course of their profession.
  • Nurses have a day to honor them, it is National Neonatal Nurses Day, which is celebrated every year on September 15. This was thanks to the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN).
  • Neonatal Nurses often spend more time with babies than any other professional in the NICU.
  • Currently, active Neonatal Nurses in the workforce tend to range in age from 45-55 years old.
  • This professional reports any changes in the baby’s condition and makes recommendations to the physician according to the baby’s health status.
  • It was not until 1873 in the United States that nursing was officially recognized as a profession.
  • The first Nurse to obtain a diploma as a result of her work was named Linda Richards.
  • If you want to continue specializing in the profession, you have multiple options in terms of study opportunities in the United States.
  • There is reliable data that assures that Neonatal Nursing maintains a high labor supply.
  • It is a profession that has a high percentage of neonatal nurses with health problems, due to the high hours of work performance in most cases without rest.
  • A NICU Neonatal Nurse has a high probability of getting a job in any hospital.


Definitely, one may think that this profession does not have interesting data, but it is not so, there is much that could be said about it, as shown above.

Neonatal Nurses are successful professionals who are able to put their body, soul, life and heart into the care of a baby as if it were their own. That is why it is usually a prestigious and highly demanded profession in the country.

There are many mothers and families who are grateful for the treatment given by these nurses to their newborns.

Marlene J. Shockley

My name is Marlene J. Shockley, and I am a Registered Nurse (RN). I have always been interested in helping people and Nursing seemed like the perfect career for me. After completing my Nursing Degree, I worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and home health care. I have also had the opportunity to work as a Travelling Nurse, which has allowed me to see different parts of the country and meet new people. No matter where I am working, I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families and helping them through whatever medical challenges they may be facing.