Job Title: Newborn Hearing Screening Nurse
Type of Company: I work for a major hospital system, which is comprised of hospitals, emergency care centers, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities.
Education: BS, Nursing, Georgetown University
Previous Experience: I worked as a nursing student in a neonatal intensive care unit while at Georgetown. I also worked in a nursing home as an aide and in a doctor's office as a "girl Friday," answering phones, scheduling appointments and so forth. My first real nursing job was in a Level II neonatal ICU, which was an excellent place to develop vital skills. After about eight years, I moved to a Level IV neonatal ICU where surgeries were performed.
Job Tasks: As the Newborn Hearing Screening Nurse, I'm responsible for assuring that every baby discharged from the neonatal ICU receives the appropriate hearing screening. (There are two different kinds.) To do this properly I have to screen the babies for diagnosis, gestational age and general health. After choosing the correct test and discussing it with the doctor, I direct the technicians and audiologists and assist with the testing. I also act as liaison between the testing facility and the state department of Health and ensure that we observe all state requirements.
After the parents have been notified of the test results, I explain them and make appropriate recommendations. A large part of my job is working with parents to arrange for follow-up testing.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is working with parents. Urging them to be advocates for their children is extremely fulfilling and getting them over the bad news, when there is any, always leaves me with a sense of accomplishment.
The worst part of the job is the documentation. Every contact with a parent has to be documented, so the hospital will have a written record of when we met and what I said. This can be a drag.
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