NICU Nurses, Worthy of Super Hero Status
As we prepare to kick off the third annual Preemie Power Photo and Essay Contest, it is the perfect time to reflect upon the super heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes in NICUtropolis to ensure babies born too soon, too small or too sick have the extra help they need to take on the world!
Using every weapon in their arsenal, NICU nurses help babies in their care to defeat evil villains such as the pesky, all-powerful oscillator machine and to leap tall hurdles such as learning to bottlefeed without forgetting to breathe! NICU nurses may wear hospital issued scrubs rather than capes, but they are as stealthy as Spiderman and have nerves of steel that could rival Superman. They ease the minds of tired and frightened parents while wielding medications with one hand and changing diapers with the other. Much like a super hero they shun the spotlight, but their talent and dedication to their field entitles them to a day of appreciation and praise.
Saturday, September 15 is National Neonatal Nurses Day. While no card or gift could ever adequately express our gratitude, we at Hand to Hold want to say thank you to these amazing men and women who have dedicated their lives to ensuring our babies soar.
Kelli D. Kelley
Founder and Executive Director
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