Episode 84: An Honest Conversation with a NICU Nurse

Lisa Davenport, NICU babies parent support podcast, Hand to Hold

Guest: Lisa Davenport, DNP, RN, RNC-NIC

The person that spends the most time with your child is likely a NICU nurse. NICU parent, former NICU nurse and current director of NICU nursing, Dr. Lisa Davenport, and I have an honest conversation about the highs and lows of nursing, what things have changed and how parents can have the best relationship possible with their baby’s NICU nurse.

In this episode, we chat about:

  • Of all the professions, why nursing and why NICU nursing?
  • What differentiates a NICU nurse from a pediatric or ICU nurse?
  • What are some of the first things a family can expect from their NICU nurse?
  • Can you explain a “primary nurse” and what that means to a family?
  • Share a bit about the family’s access to their NICU nurses.
  • If a family has a difficult relationship with their NICU nurse, what should they do?
  • What are some of the key things NICU nurses do to be more effective in the NICU environment?
  • What’s something that we’re doing now in NICUs that we weren’t when you first started? How has it changed the outcomes?
  • Let’s talk about this “golden hour” you championed.
  • What’s the best part about your job? Most challenging?

Dr. Lisa Davenport is a former NICU parent and the Director of Nursing for Texas Children’s NICU in Houston, Tex. Lisa’s experience as a NICU bedside nurse for 9 years fueled her passion for becoming a quality driven and people centric nursing leader. Additionally, Lisa serves as faculty for Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Nursing.

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