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NICU routines

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Learn about NICU staff
shifts and reporting times

Rounds: The medical team’s daily visits with patients and their families start at 8 a.m. Morning rounds include a neonatologist, neonatal nurse practitioner and bedside nurse. Rounding begins in the special care area and continues in progressive care and intensive care. You are welcome to be present, participate and ask questions during rounds each morning.

Staff shifts: Nurses typically work 12-hour shifts, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Bedside reports between nurses take place before a handoff of duties from one caregiver to another. You are welcome to be present for the bedside report. Similarly, the neonatologist and nurse practitioner on duty make reports to the incoming neonatologist and nurse practitioner. The report includes details about the past 24 hour shift, as well as recommendations or changes to the plan of care.

Discharge: Planning rounds for discharges occur on Wednesdays and include a team of specialists. The team discusses progress and milestones. As your child’s health improves, the doctors and caregivers will talk with you about requirements for discharging your baby from the hospital. While some babies need special equipment to go home, meeting the following milestones are signs that your child may be ready to go home:

  • Breathing without difficulty
  • Feeding by mouth
  • Consistently gaining weight
  • Stable body temperature in an open crib