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Your NICU Team

Nurses working 12-hour shifts will help you learn how to care for your baby. Your involvement and presence is very important and as your baby improves, you will find yourself more involved in your baby's care. In addition to the nurses, the multi-disciplinary team includes:

  • 14 full-time Neonatologists, with 3 present on the unit at all times:  a paediatrician specializing in the care of newborns; the head of the medical team
  • Neonatal Fellow: qualified paediatrician receiving additional training in neonatology
  • Neonatal Resident: qualified medical doctor training to be a paediatrician

 

Medical Consultants

  • Cardiologist: for heart problems
  • Neurologist: for brain and nervous system problems
  • Nephrologist: for kidney (urine) problems
  • Gastroenterologist: for intestinal problems and nutrition
  • Endocrinologist: for glands and hormone problems
  • Hematologist: for blood problems
  • Ophthalmologist: for eye problems
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist / Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (CNS/NNP): nurses with post-graduate training of the critically ill and convalescing infants; they provide medical care similar to resident physicians

 

Nursing

  • Registered Nurse (R.N.): performs and coordinates your baby's daily care
  • Team Leader: experienced R.N. who leads the nursing shift
  • Primary Nurse: R.N. assigned to the care of your baby for their stay in hospital
  • Parent Resource Nurse: provides parental support through education and linking to community resources
  • Nursing Unit Administrator (NUA): supervises all registered nurses, team leaders, unit clerks and service assistants
  • Clinical Coordinator: responsible for daily coordination of unit activities (e.g. staffing)
  • Quality and Safety Nurse: responsible for improving quality and safety of patients’ care
  • Nurse Clinician: responsible for orientation and ongoing education of all nursing staff

 

Other Specializations

  • Lactation Consultant: available to assist with breastfeeding and pumping
  • Social Worker: available for parental support and can help with family concerns
  • Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner: help nurses and doctors manage ventilators and perform treatment to improve your baby's breathing
  • Pharmacist: provides consultative services to the medical team in selecting and ordering medications
  • Inter-Faith Chaplain: available for spiritual and religious care, and emotional support (religious affiliation not required)
  • Dietitian: provides nutritional consultation to the medical team
  • Occupational Therapy: available to work with your baby on any developmental issues