A hospital chaplain may visit the unit daily to meet the families and offer spiritual support. The Chaplain is available at any time.
A physician who has completed residency training in pediatrics and is taking advanced training to become a neonatologist.
Clinical Nurse Officer In Charge (CNOIC)
The CNOIC is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the unit, deciding policies, budgets, staffing, etc. The CNOIC is usually available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. The CNOIC has an open door to anyone having questions or concerns about the care of their infant, or other issues involving the NICU.
The Leader of the NICU team; a pediatrician with special training and skills in the care of premature and sick newborn babies (neonates).
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) or Clinician
A registered nurse who has advanced training and experience in managing the care of premature and sick newborns.
NICU Staff Nurse
A registered nurse who has special education and preparation to care for premature and sick newborn infants.
This is a doctor who specializes in eye care. The ophthalmologist can diagnose vision problems in babies who received oxygen for an extended period. Your baby may continue to be followed by this physician after being discharged from the hospital.
Doctors training to become pediatricians. The intern is in his/her first year of specialty training; the resident is in his/her second or third year.
A therapist who cares for babies with breathing problems. The therapist may do different procedures on your baby to help breathing efforts. They are responsible for maintaining the ventilators (machine that breathes for your baby), and other equipment used on babies with breathing problems.
The NICU social worker's role is to provide counseling, assist with discharge planning needs, and provide support and referral for families coping with sick babies.
The Radiology Technicians are trained to take and develop x-rays of your baby ordered by the physicians. NICU physicians and radiologists (physicians who specializes in reading x-rays) interpret X-rays.
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