Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Team Members
While your baby is in the NICU there will be many doctors, nurses, and specialists who will be helping your baby grow and get better. They will also be helping you as you get ready to take your baby home. A baby's family is an important member of the NICU team. We welcome you to participate with us as we care for your baby.
Neonatologist, Pediatrician or Attending Physician – This is the leader of the team. He/she is a pediatrician with special training in the care of neonates (newborns).
Resident – a physician who has completed medical school and is training to become a pediatrician under the supervision of the neonatologist.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) – a registered nurse with advanced masters or doctoral education in the care of neonates who works in collaboration with the neonatologist.
Specialty Nurse – rounds with the NICU doctors and assesses discharge planning needs for each patient to ensure their completion by discharge.
Patient Care Manager – an extension of the director that is responsible for managing the daily operations of the clinical nursing department on their assigned shift.
Team Leader – a registered nurse who acts as a "Charge Nurse" for the NICU
Staff Nurse – a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who has special training to care for neonates, this is the nurse that will be assigned to take care of your baby for the shift
Patient Care Technician – assists with the non-technical care of patients such as feeding, bathing, and obtaining vital signs
Neonatal Pharmacist – a pharmacist who has expertise in neonatal/infant medications. They attend rounds with the medical team to provide guidance in optimal medication use. They assist families at discharge by providing medication information and medication schedules for home
Respiratory Therapists – experts in the respiratory care of neonates and the equipment used to provide that care
Registered Dietician – Design specific nutrition plans for pre-mature or chronically ill infants to help them grow and meet all of their nutritional needs. This includes non-oral and oral feedings. The Registered Dietitian selects which formula is appropriate for the patient's needs. They help families with WIC paperwork, formula, and supplements at discharge and provide feeding guidance for families after discharge.
Lactation Consultant – Registered nurse specialists who are board certified as Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). These nurse specialists help mothers with learning breastfeeding, using a breast pump, and solving breastfeeding or pumping problems.
Social Worker – Master-Level Clinician trained to provide emotional support to families who are adjusting to having a baby admitted to the hospital, address psychosocial problems as a part of the medical team, mediate during stressful family situations, advocate for patients and their families, problem-solve possible obstacles/barriers and assist with accessing community/hospital resources, and coordinate services with community agencies on behalf of families who require assistance with violent, neglectful, or risky home environments. » Learn more about Social Work.
Case Manager – facilitates patient's continuity of care by assisting in coordination of services post discharge and obtaining the resources necessary for discharge. Information is communicated to appropriate members of the health care team for transition to home or other facilitates.
Neonatal Therapist – Neonatal therapists are part of your NICU team. These therapists may be Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, or Speech Pathologists. Therapists help you and your baby as your baby grows. They will help your baby learn to feed, develop, and get ready to go home.
Child Life Specialist – supports families through family activities like Building Blocks Parenting Group, scrapbook, and infant massage. They help siblings understand their special role as a NICU big brother/sister. Specialists promote normal development in babies through play and coordinate volunteers who rock babies. Our Child Life Specialist also maintains the NICU Sibling Playroom. » Learn more about Child Life & Education.
Secretary – assists families with visitor badges and visiting policies, provides information related to meal tickets for breastfeeding moms, directions to areas of the hospital.