NICU nurses are ready for anything and everything.
For parents with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, the nurses that take care of their infants are quite literally a lifeline. Amid sleepless nights, holding your baby for the first time, and sometimes even risky medical procedures, NICU nurses are a ray of light during stressful times.
And although these men and women usually have to tend to both babies' and parents' needs alike — most nurses agree that their job is the definition of rewarding despite the long shift and myriad of emotions that come along with the role.
We asked several NICU nurses — some of which have 35 years of experience — about what they go through on any given day and what challenges they've faced while tending to the little ones who need them most. And as you can imagine, their answers might make you shed a tear or two.
Scroll through to see what exactly a NICU nurse wants a parent whose child is in the NICU to know.