Certified Nurse's Aides: A Case Study

1770 Words8 Pages

With so many different types of nurses within the NICU comes even more different kinds of technical writing forms. Each type of nurse writes for a different purpose, “The LPN and RN or the practicing nurse writes for documentation, primarily writing to describe the patient. The MSN may write like the practicing nurse or for administrative styles of writing. The Ph.D. writes for publication, sharing research results or their review of literature on a particular topic” (Michigan State University, 2). The LPNs and the Certified Nurse’s Aides conduct the majority of the physical, hands on care for the patients, which leaves the RNs to chart every bit of information in order to maintain proper medical records on the infant. Each nurse has a different …show more content…

Allowing parents interaction with their child can be challenging but also very rewarding. Nurses see parents enter a world with their infants that they know nothing about. They are unaware of the condition of their child, nor the immense care that they need. This is when nurses have to come in and give instruction to parents in order to allow them to safely interact with their child. One nurse says in a quote, “A big part of our workday consists of parental guidance. Talking with the parents. Guiding them. Letting them know what to do. Teaching them how to read signals from the infant. Accommodate so they are included in the work. Working with parents takes up half of our time” (Strandas and Fredriksen, 904). Nurses have to be extremely careful to insure that the parents are getting the complete truth and the nurse’s honest opinion without expressing the child’s condition in a harsh way. Sometimes in critical situations, it is impossible for a neonatal nurse to keep parents involved. When a nurse can tell that the parent is experiencing a crisis and are in complete panic, the nurse can ethically withhold information to prevent the parent from worsening their emotional state. As said in a quote, “Given the vulnerable position they are in I don’t think they are receptive, and it wouldn’t be proper either, to introduce them to worst case scenarios” (Strandas and Fredriksen, 905). It can be extremely hard for a nurse to step back and put themselves in the position of the parent, “It was pretty tough. And quite unsettling ... Because it’s easy to understand their anxiety. How scared they are ... At times it’s very difficult. Many thoughts and emotions involved. But when you see the child again and they stop by to visit, you realize how important this job is” (Strandas and Fredriksen, 905). In some cases, nurses have to take on the responsibility of advocating for the child themselves if they do not

Open Document