Neonatal Nurses

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.

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

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