Pros and cons of being a neonatal nurse

Written by rebekah worsham
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    Pros and cons of being a neonatal nurse

    Working as a neonatal nurse gives you the opportunity to make a difference, to help save and improve lives every day. However, this profession is not for everyone. It is important to understand all the elements involved in being a neonatal nurse before you commit to the time and education required to work in the field.

    Working as a neonatal nurse can be an extremely rewarding career. (nurse on duty image by Pix by Marti from

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    Excellent Job Security

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation of nursing in general is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2014. Therefore, working as a neonatal nurse can provide you with excellent job security.

    Nursing is a field in constant demand. (nurse chris image by John Keith from

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    Excellent Pay and Benefits

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary in 2008 for nurses overall was £40,592. Couple this with the generous benefits packages provided by most hospitals in order to attract top employees, and the result is an excellent compensation package.

    Nursing offers an excellent pay and benefits package. (money image by cherie from

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    Helping To Improve Lives

    The opportunity to improve and sometimes help to save the lives of their patients is one of the key reasons that many young nurses are attracted to the field of neonatal nursing. They know that their job is important, and that it can make a real difference in the lives of their patients.

    Neonatal nurses touch the lives of the patients they serve. (nurse image by astoria from

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    Long Hours

    Many neonatal nurses work long shifts, including sometimes working two standard shifts back to back when there is a shortage of staff. These long hours can be exhausting and physically challenging.

    Nursing can mean long hours and sometimes double shifts. (CLOCK image by SKYDIVECOP from

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    Physically Demanding

    Working as a neonatal nurse requires you to spend many hours on your feet. It also can lead to back problems, and it a very physically demanding job.

    Working as a nurse can be physically and emotionally exhausing. (Exhausted young woman image by Olga Sapegina from

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    Heartbreaking Cases

    Despite the best efforts of all doctors and nurses involved, some cases do not turn out with the happy ending everyone hopes for. Death is an unfortunate part of any nurse's job description, but witnessing the death of a baby can be especially difficult.

    Dealing with the death of your patient can be difficult. (crying girl face image by victor zastol"skiy from

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