Neonatal Nurses

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Neonatal nurses provide direct patient care to newborns in hospitals for the first month after birth. The babies they care for may be normal, they may be born prematurely, or they may be suffering from an illness or birth defect. Some of the babies require highly technical care, such as surgery or the use of ventilators, incubators, or intravenous feedings.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Clinical Nurse Specialists, Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Specialized Neonatal Nurses
Duties Provide focused care for premature or ill infants; work with other nurses and medical care specialists; advise and assist parents
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide, particularly in urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Prior experience as registered nurse
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or Critical Nurse Specialist
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • Staff Nurse
  • General Staff Nurse