The Newborn Intensive Care Unit, part of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s, is one of the largest, most sophisticated Level IV intensive care units for newborns in the United States. We provide the highest level of medical care to premature and critically ill newborns.
As a large academic institution, our neonatologists are able to work closely with multiple subspecialists who offer their expertise in areas that include cardiology, fetal and neonatal surgery, neurology, pulmonology and urology.
Cincinnati Children’s NICU has equipment and staff to provide the highest level of care for your newborn patients:
- With seven ambulances and access to aircraft fully equipped for neonatal transports, our full-time, dedicated transport team conducts an average of 460 neonatal transports a year, fulfilling more than 99 percent of requests.
- Our NICU is staffed with highly trained, experienced nurses, including more than 15 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
- We have a physician liaison, with experience as a NICU nurse, whose role is dedicated to ongoing communication with referring physicians regarding the status of their patients referred to our NICU.
By the Numbers
- 700+: Infants cared for each year in our Level IV NICU
- 33: States where our babies were born
- 59: Licensed beds in the NICU
- 60+: Researchers investigating methods to advance the care of newborns
The orientation program for new RNs in the NICU is 16 to 20 weeks. We hire experienced nurses as well as new graduate nurses. Two of those weeks of orientation are dedicated to class time while the rest is spent working closely with a preceptor. Orientation education covers everything from hands-on skills to developmental care of the neonate.
In addition to RN orientation, the education department develops and maintains competencies for existing staff. The education department consists of two full-time educators who work in collaboration with multiple disciplines to ensure that staff are kept up to date with the information they need to provide high-quality and safe care to our delicate patients.