Nursery Nurse Career Guide

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A Nursery Registered Nurse (RN) specializes in providing care to newborn infants, including those born prematurely or with medical conditions requiring specialized attention. These skilled healthcare professionals play a critical role in ensuring the health and well-being of newborns during their initial days of life.

Essential Job Functions:

Nursery RNs are responsible for assessing newborns' vital signs, monitoring their overall


To become a Nursery RN, individuals must complete an accredited nursing program, such as a nursing diploma, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

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Related certifications

After completing their nursing education, aspiring Nursery RNs must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to obtain their RN license. Some employers may require additional neonatal nursing certification.

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Staff and Travel Nursery RNs need a solid understanding of newborn physiology and care, as well as effective communication skills to educate and support parents. Attention to detail, compassion and the ability to work well under pressure is crucial. Strong critical thinking skills are essential when assessing and responding to newborns' health needs.

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Nursery RNs provide comprehensive care to newborns, including administering medications, monitoring vital signs, assisting with breastfeeding or formula feeding and educating parents on newborn care. They may also care for premature infants in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) setting, working closely with a multidisciplinary team.

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The average salary for a Nursery Nurse is $1,803.45 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Becoming a Nursery RN offers the unique opportunity to care for the tiniest and most vulnerable patients, making a meaningful impact on their health and development. The role involves close interaction with families, providing education and emotional support during a critical time. The joy of witnessing a newborn's progress can be incredibly rewarding.

However, the role also comes with challenges, such

Nursery Nurse Jobs

View job details for Forrest City, ARTravel ContractForrest City, ARTravel Nurse RN - NurseryMedical Solutions$1,806/wk
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View job details for Orangeburg, SCTravel ContractOrangeburg, SCTravel Nurse RN - NurseryMedical Solutions$1,606/wk
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View job details for Harvey, ILTravel ContractHarvey, ILTravel Nurse RN - NurseryMedical Solutions$1,373/wk
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View job details for Brownsville, TXTravel ContractBrownsville, TXTravel Nurse RN - NurseryMedical Solutions$1,250/wk
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