Parents of Preemies Can Ask for a Primary NICU Nurse
Who are Primary NICU Nurses?
Generally, Bedside Nurses are asked to be Primary NICU Nurses. Primary Nurses help parents of preemies navigate NICU. Keeping all lines of communication open.
How to Ask for a Primary NICU Nurse?
This is a voluntary-relationship. Parents of preemies should consider these important factors when recruiting a Primary NICU Nurse:
- Identify Candidates as your preemie(s) Primary NICU Nurse
- Get to know your Candidate(s)
a. Consult them for their expertise
b. Be curious…by starting conversations
c. Share your parental vulnerabilitiesd. Take notice of each Candidate’s special qualities
e. Making the big decision & have a back-up plan – prioritizing your Candidate list
f. The Ask…finalizes the relationship with the NICU Bedside Nurse, who’s agreed to be your family’s Primary Nurse.
Your family’s Primary Nurse is now your trusted guide on your family’s NICU journey.
They’ll alert you about your rights and facilitate communication with medical staff.
They’re also there to guide you through care-steps that can boost your confidence to care for your preemie after discharge.