• Has thorough knowledge of the pathophysiology and developmental growth of the neonate.
  • Conducts a complete assessment and reassessment of the neonate according to policy (patient acuity).
  • Delivers patient care based on neonate’s gestational age and stage of development.
  • Utilizes the nursing process in providing nursing care based on the identified needs/problems.
  • Monitors vital signs as per policy (patient acuity).
  • Understands and performs pain assessment and reassessment using age-appropriate tools.
  • Cares for the neonatal patient utilizing the NICU policies and procedures.
  • Participates in policy and procedure development and revisions.
  • Participates in unit based performance improvement initiatives.
  • Demonstrates and states use of and functions of NICU equipment.
  • Explains use and necessity of high-tech equipment to parents.
  • Actively participates in parent teaching in the care of the neonate and fostering family-centered care.
  • Assesses parent-infant interaction and makes appropriate referrals to support services when necessary.
  • Participation in multi-disciplinary meetings and parent conferences.
  • Aware of current trends in neonatal nursing.
  • Provides safe and effective respiratory care to the neonate.
  • Demonstrates the ability to care for a ventilated patient.
  • Provides nursing care for the neonatal/pediatric patient receiving inhalation medication via nebulizer.
  • Provides nursing care for the neonatal/pediatric patient on high frequency ventilation.
  • Safely administers and monitors blood/blood products to the neonatal/pediatric patient.
  • Properly inserts and removes nasogastric tubes.
  • Starts, assesses and monitors IV infusions (peripheral and umbilical).
  • Safely administers medications with knowledge of neonatal/pediatric medication and their common side effects. Prepares and administers ordered medications as per physicians order.
  • Accurately calculates medications using mgs/kgs/dose/day.
  • Demonstrates the ability to titrate intravenous medications according to the patient's hemodynamic status.
  • Draw blood gases from indwelling arterial catheter.
  • Performs venipuncture for blood sampling.
  • Obtain blood via finger or heel stick.
  • Management of neonate receiving phototherapy (bili-lights and bili-blankets).
  • Supports breastfeeding mothers and neonates.
  • Provide safe and effective pre and post op care of the neonate pedaitric patient.
  • Monitors lab values and provides care accordingly.
  • Monitor nutritional needs.
  • Involved in palliative care and initiates bereavement when indicated.
  • Aware of Code Pink infant safety policies and procedures.
  • Assists the medical team with bedside procedures.
  • Monitors and accompanies infants transported off of the unit for diagnostic procedures or tests.
  • Demonstrates knowledge about neonatal infections, RDS, and other disease processes that affect the neonate.
  • Attends deliveries on Labor and Delivery of high-risk neonates or when requested. (Write NA if non-applicable).
  • Performs transitional duties; assists with the initiation of skin to skin and newborn care after NSVD and C-Sections.
  • Participate in clinically appropriate continuing education activities.
  • Delegates’ responsibilities to PCA/PCT to ensure tasks are completed; provide assistance as needed.
  • Performs skin assessment per policy; utilizes BRADEN Q scale, participates in turning, positioning and skin care.
  • Aware of developmental milestones and any deviations.
  • Aware of NICU developmental care.
  • Actively involved discharge planning.
  • Initiates and assists with neonatal resuscitative measures.
  • Sets up emergency equipment as needed.
  • Ensuring regulatory requirements are met and maintained. Follows infection control standards of care
  • Conducts individual and group discharge education and breastfeeding classes.
  • Provide low-risk neonatal care to infants in the well-baby nursery including newborn assessments, daily care, audiology, phototherapy and other procedures as ordered.
  • Collaborates with social work/case management for appropriate referrals to ACS, external agencies, etc.
  • Monitors and performs essential tests on newborns.
  • Performs duties of transitional nurse: assisting with skin to skin initiation ns newborn care after vaginal and cesarean delivery.
  • Participates in clinically appropriate continuing education activities.
  • Delegates responsibilities to PCA/PCT to ensure tasks are completed; provide assistance as needed.
  • Maintains current nursing knowledge to assure a safe working environment
  • Maintains competency and updates knowledge of standards of practice in scope of practice as per AWHON.
  • Participates in assigned departmental or organizational committees, meetings and/or conferences.
  • Performs other duties as assigned within the RN scope of practice.



Internal & 1199 SEIU:

  • Graduate of accredited nursing program(s).
  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing preferred.

Non 1199 SEIU Candidates:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or equivalent to BSN program.
  • Master's degree in Nursing, preferred. 


  • Minimum one (1) year neonatal or pediatric experience.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Critical thinking, math, and computer skills; Works as a team player. 
  • Demonstrates respect and professionalism in all interactions.
  • Excellent oral and communication skills. 
  • Decision making and problem solving. 
  • Able to read, write, see and hear English.

Licenses, Certifications:

  • Current NY State RN License required.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) required.
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certification (NRP) required.
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) required.
  • WHO 20 hour Breastfeeding Course (Women and Children Division) or equivalent training required.
  • Certified Lactation Counselor preferred
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant preferred
  • Neonatal Critical Care Certification preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Physically demanding, high-stress environment requiring prolonged periods of standing, reaching, walking throughout the working day. 
  • Position will be required to stoops, bends, lifts, carry items weighing up to 35 pounds for routine performance of essential functions.
  • An individual in this position may be exposed to: Adverse indoor environmental conditions, Blood borne pathogens, Blood and body fluids, Physical hazards (e.g., needle pricks, etc.), communicable diseases, chemical hazards, radiation, and repetitive motions.
  • Full range of body motion, able to lift up to 100 pounds, if necessary, to assist lifting and moving patients.
  • Manual and finger dexterity, as well as hand and eye coordination.
  • Corrected vision and hearing to within normal range
  • Frequently sitting at desk working on computer
  • Ability to flex working hours.

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