Achieving my ideal career followed a natural progression, thanks to Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s coordinated educational career development plan. I began working at Methodist Dallas in 2005 as a patient care tech on a float team which included El Centro Community College nursing students. After completing my second semester of school, I was able to take advantage of Methodist Health System’s nurse extern program. This provided me two eight-hour shifts a week during the school year and daily shifts during the summer. The experiences I gained from these opportunities were priceless. In 2006, I obtained my RN and began working exclusively in the postpartum/newborn nursery unit. I completed a preceptor course so I can help develop other nurses on the unit. My goal is to become certified in maternal-newborn nursing.
I love babies and I love nursing. So my choice for a place to care for others wasn’t a difficult one. The postpartum/newborn nursery unit is where I spend my work hours, and it’s where my heart is.
Level I units are typically referred to as the well baby nursery. Well newborn nurseries have the capability to provide neonatal resuscitation at every delivery; evaluate and provide postnatal care to healthy newborn infants; stabilize and provide care for infants born at 35 to 37 weeks’ who remain physiologically stable; and stabilize newborn infants who are ill and those born less than 35 weeks’ gestation until transfer to a facility that can provide the appropriate level of care. Required provider types for well newborn nurseries include pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and other advanced practice registered nurses.
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