Information About Becoming a Nursery Nurse

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    Information About Becoming a Nursery Nurse

    A nursery nurse is responsible for caring for infants and babies up to about 2 years in age. A nursery nurse might work in a hospital setting, a day care environment or as an independent agent similar to a nanny. The position requires a love of babies and a commitment to their health and safety at all times.

    Nursery nurses are responsible for the youngest patients in the hospital. (nurseries image by Palindra from

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    Day care Nursery Nurse

    Almost anyone can start out as a day care nursery nurse. With a high school degree and some basic training in infant and child CPR, a position can be found working with babies and toddlers in a childcare setting. The majority of institutions will also require a college degree and at least some course work in early childhood education. For those hoping to pursue placement as a nurse in a hospital nursery, a day care nursery can be just the right training ground.

    Nursery nurses may work in a day care setting. (mother playing with her baby image by Galina Barskaya from

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    General Nursing Requirements

    To work in a medical setting with babies or adults of any age, an individual must first become certified. Some start out as a nursing assistant, a general nurse or a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Nursing assistant positions usually require at least six months of specialised training. To become a licensed nurse requires a minimum of two years in nursing school.

    Nurse training can vary widely from less than a year to several years. (Nurse image by Maria Bell from

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    Neonatal Nurses

    A registered nurse is a nurse who has earned a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and has passed an exam known as the NCLEX-RN to obtain a nursing license. Typically, only a registered nurse with a focus in Neonatal Nursing will be eligible to work in the newborn nursery of a hospital. They may care for healthy newborn infants, or they may provide care to ill newborns in a neonatal intensive care unit known as the NICU.

    Neonatal nurses work in hospital nurseries tending to newborn babies. (newborn baby image by Diane Stamatelatos from

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    Private Nurses

    A nurse with the right qualifications can also become a private nurse working for a home nursing agency or as an independent contractor. They will travel to a home or live with a family for a period of time in order to care for a baby. Some nurses might be long-term like a nanny or au pair, and some are specialised baby nurses who assist with care only for the first few weeks of an infant's life.

    A nursery nurse might work on a temporary or long-term basis with a family. (the newborn image by Sergey Galushko from

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    Responsibilites and Requirements

    Whether the setting is a hospital, day care or private home, a nursery nurse has an enormous responsibility. Becoming a nursery nurse requires extensive training, commitment to ongoing education and a strong desire to care for others. Babies are unable to communicate what is wrong, and their nurse must be attentive and intuitive when providing care. A caregiver who misses important signs can endanger a child's health as well as her own career.

    Nursery nurses are charged with a substantial responsibility in caring for young children. (stethoscope image by Hubert from

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