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Unwritten Thoughts From A Bedside NICU Nurse

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 08.16.2016 | Parents
Jodi Dolezel

Darkness gave way to the blue lights glowing in the distance. The hum of the oxygen created a beautiful white noise that seemed almost hypnotizing. The room was surprisingly quiet. Typically the sounds are echoing off the walls but at this particularly moment I felt the peace within the space that sometimes gets lost with the everyday hustle and bustle that comes naturally within the NICU world.

I Wish Your Parents Knew

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 04.24.2016 | Parents
Jodi Dolezel

I wish they knew my unspoken words, my thoughts, my feelings, the things I didn't know how to verbally express as I handed you over so they could hold you for the very first and last time.

Looking Back Through Tears: A Mother's Point of View on Addiction

MaryBeth Cichocki | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
MaryBeth Cichocki

My NICU days are over. I could not handle the loss of another mother's baby. I offer support to other mothers who share my grief of losing a child to addiction. I speak out against the stigma that prevents addicts from getting the treatment they need and deserve. I pray that someday I will find peace knowing that Matt is safe, and I hope to forgive myself.

Dealing With the Loss of a Tiny Patient

AWHONN | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living

She was a beautiful, healthy, full-term baby that didn't make it. This was the hardest to come to terms with. Premature babies are not ready, not mature, we know sometimes they fight to live and it still it isn't enough. A full-term baby, though, without any defects or complications?

To My Wife And All Nurses Everywhere, Thank You

Rhet Troxell | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Rhet Troxell

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for all you nurses out there -- who abandon everything about your own needs and wants, to make this world a better place for everyone else you take care of. I'm thankful for my wife -- an ICU nurse -- my hero.

8 Invaluable Pieces Of Advice From NICU Nurses

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents

Ask any parent who's had a preemie in the neonatal intensive care about their experience, and they'll no doubt say something along the lines of "... b...

Parents Thank NICU Nurse Who Touched Their Lives In Emotional Video

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents

Renee Hendrix has been a NICU nurse at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia for over 30 years. In that time, she's helped countless babie...

Survival Tips For A New NICU Nurse

AWHONN | Posted 07.29.2016 | Healthy Living

I still recall my first job. I felt like an impostor in my uniform. I didn't feel like a nurse because in my mind a nurse was someone who could start an IV blindfolded, resuscitate a patient while sleeping, and recognize all the signs and symptoms of septic shock at the drop of a hat.

Good Grief: Acknowledging Love and Loss in the NICU

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 07.14.2016 | HuffPost Home
Jodi Dolezel

Babies and their families have their own stories. As NICU nurses, these stories are our stories too. They are our forever stories that are etched in our memory and have chipped away at our hearts, sometimes leaving a mark so profound that we are changed forever.

A Glimpse Into the Life and Love of Neonatal Nursing

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Jodi Dolezel

To love beyond the walls, to cry behind closed doors, and to rise above the unpredictable moments to create lasting and meaningful memories. To believe. To breathe. And to find the courage and strength to do it all again tomorrow.

Saint NICU

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Jodi Dolezel

Twas the night before Christmas, in the neonatal intensive care, all the babies were sleeping, while sounds of alarms, filled the air.

NICU Parents, I See You

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 01.05.2015 | Parents
Jodi Dolezel

Having a medically fragile child is difficult, and you may feel alone, isolated, or invisible. But today, I want you to know that you are not alone, you are not invisible, and that I see you.

What A NICU Nurse Wants NICU Moms To Know

Jenni Stearman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Jenni Stearman

Everything that you would normally do to comfort and care for your baby has been taken away from you. I'm here to tell you, I understand your pain and I appreciate you.

What A NICU Nurse Wants NICU Moms To Know

Jenni Steadman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Parents
Jenni Steadman

Everything that you would normally do to comfort and care for your baby has been taken away from you. I'm here to tell you, I understand your pain and I appreciate you.

Dear NICU Nurse

Heather Hucks | Posted 11.15.2013 | Parents
Heather Hucks

I didn't know that you would be the one to hold and rock my baby when I wasn't there. I didn't know you. I didn't know how intertwined our lives would become. I know you now. I'll never be able to think of my child's life without thinking of you.