Who Provides Care in the NICU?
Neonatologist - A neonatologist is a medical doctor with a special expertise in the care of sick and premature babies; the neonatologist assumes the care of babies in the NICU.
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner - Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNPs) are registered nurses with specialized training in the care of sick and premature babies. There is an NNP at Swedish 24 hours a day to respond immediately to emergencies and to provide leadership in the care of NICU babies.
Neonatal Registered Nurse - Registered Nurses (RNs) with advanced experience working with critical care babies, provide nursing assessment and direct care for each NICU baby.
Respiratory Therapist - These professionals have advanced experience in working with respiratory equipment and respiratory treatment and therapy for infants in the NICU.
Developmental Therapist - An occupational or physical therapist with special training helps evaluate neurodevelopmental behavior and progress, including motor, feeding and interaction capabilities.
Special Consultants - While in the NICU, your baby will be under the care of the Neonatologist; however, because sick babies may have complex problems, other pediatric specialists may be called in for additional evaluations. Specialists such as a Cardiologist, Radiologist, Surgeon and an Ophthalmologist are often consulted. Following discharge, each baby's pediatrician is contacted and given a verbal and written summary describing the care and treatment provided while in the NICU.
Social Worker - The Social Worker provides support and information for parents regarding resources that can make your baby's staff in the NICU less stressful. The Social Worker can answer questions about financial issues, transportation and make referrals to area agencies.
Chaplain - A Chaplain is available and an involved member of our multidisciplinary team.