How to write a Neonatal Nurse job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Neonatal Nurse job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Neonatal Nurse job titles

    Neonatal Nurse
    Neonatal Nurse (5+ Years’ Experience)
    Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse
    Neonatal Nurse (Part-Time)
    Registered Nurse (NICU)

Neonatal Nurse job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Neonatal Nurse job summary

Our childbirth centre prioritises patient care above all other facets of the work we do, and we’re looking for a Neonatal Nurse with the same values to join our NICU care team. The successful applicant will have a demonstrable history in NICU infant care. Because it is such a fast-paced, high-stress environment, we are interested in hiring an RN who handles stress well and excels at priority management. Additionally, we need a professional who can work three 12-hour shifts each week, and who excels at communicating with parents as much as caring for infants in NICU.

Neonatal Nurse responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Neonatal Nurse responsibilities

    Evaluate and oversee patients in the NICU and report to supervisors any changes in condition
    Maintain and calibrate NICU equipment for patient safety and support
    Administer medications as prescribed by attending NICU physician
    Connect intravenous lines to administer medication and extract samples
    Communicate with parents/guardians the plan of care and scope of treatment
    Obtain and evaluate test results
    Consult with physicians and other nurses on plan of care, progress and prognosis

Neonatal Nurse qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Neonatal Nurse skills

    Bachelor of Nursing required
    Current and valid nursing registration
    2+ years’ experience working in a high-volume NICU
    Current PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) certificate a plus
    NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Programme) certificate preferred
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    Working knowledge of all NICU equipment (e.g. incubator, ventilator, etc.)
    Ability to lift and carry up to 25 kg

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