As I try and inspire myself to complete various tasks (work out, meal plan, homework, etc.) I usually have to find a motivator to help me get these jobs done and check them off my list. For many people not in the medical world, their work motivation is driven by personal outcomes, like earning a promotion or bonus for a job well done. When it comes to working as a Neonatal Nurse, our motivation is truly providing the best care for our vulnerable population and making sure the time they spend in our unit, separated from their family, is time that they are nurtured to the best of our ability. The technical skills that NICU nurses possess are unmatched, but the ability to get an IV in the “hard stick” is not our only daily triumph. Included in those skills, and perhaps the most important one, is the ability to give so much of ourselves to our patients and their families. So, let us celebrate you, the NICU nurse, and your extraordinary technical and emotion skill set, that makes a difference to one baby, one brain, in one moment for one connection every day!
“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care.” – author unknown