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Staff Nurse, Newborn Intensive Care Unit

I'm Asma, a Staff Nurse in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

What does that mean?

I am a nurse that cares for babies who are born with some kind of complication or are born extremely premature (early).

Why did they choose this job?

It was different to anything I was ever exposed to during my student years. I enjoy the challenge and sensitivity of caring for babies that are the size of my hand! I love how much knowledge there is to learn in neonates. It’s like a whole other world! Especially with being at St Mary's, a specialist centre, we get babies with weird and wonderful conditions that you get to learn a great deal about.

What’s the best thing about their role?

Working in a team. The satisfaction of getting things done and the outcome is in your favour. Letting a first time mum cuddle their baby for the first time in weeks is an amazing feeling! Also, working with and meeting some amazing people and families that inspire you.

What does a typical day look like?

Very busy most of the time! Caring for a baby and their parents in intensive care which requires a great deal of attention. Observing and putting up infusions and medications quite regularly and then usually running to deliveries with the doctors when an emergency pops up which can happen a lot in one shift!

Where can I go from here?

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