Meet you team of Trained Professionals

With so many names and job titles just what do they all mean?

Medical Staff

Your Baby's Nurse

a specially trained R.N. (registered nurse) who will deliver nursing care to your baby. The R.N. works 12 hour shifts.

Clinical Nurse IV (CN IV)

a nurse who oversees and supervises the care given to each baby. There is usually one CN IV for each shift (day and night). CN IVs serve as the Charge 


They are available to assist nurses, doctors and parents in problem solving and planning.

Charge Nurse

a nurse who is "in charge" of the nursing care during a shift and assists doctors and parents in problem solving and planning.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

a nurse with an advanced degree in nursing of the newborn. She educates and oversees major changes in nursing care. She also discusses and gives care in special clinical situations.

Discharge Coordinator

a nurse who plans for discharge with the family and health care team. This helps make everyone ready when the baby goes home. She makes sure teaching has been completed, and works with hospital staff and home health agencies. She arranges for the parents to room-in and for home care, community services and Infant Progress Clinic.


Unit Secretary (Nursing Care Technician)

Nurse Manager

a nurse who is primarily a manager. The nurse manager has 24 hour responsibility of nursing for the NICU. Her schedule is flexible, and she may be reached by the Charge Nurse after hours. She assists nurses, doctors, and parents in problem solving and planning.

Primary Nurse Team

a team of nurses who cares for a baby who is expected to be in the NICU a long time. The team plans for the baby's nursing care.

Logistics Technician (Log Tech)

staff who care for the supplies and tidiness of the NICU.


a pediatrician who takes care of sick or premature newborns.

Neonatal Fellow

a pediatrician receiving more training in the care of sick newborns.

a medical doctor trained in pediatrics.

Pediatric Resident

a medical doctor training in pediatrics.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

a registered nurse with Master's Degree training in neonatology. The NNP does exams and procedures under the supervision of the neonatologist.

Medical Student

a person who has completed the first two or three years of medical school, learning clinical care of children and newborns. Not yet a licensed medical doctor.

Consulting Physician (Cardiologist, Neurologist, Ophthalmologist, etc)

A medical doctor trained in some area other than pediatrics.

Other Members of the Team

Social Worker

a clinician with a Master's degree who helps families with their feelings about having a tiny or sick baby. They also help with community resources and financial concerns.

Case Manager

a staff member who works with insurance agencies and helps with discharge and home care plans.

Parent Liaison (Parent-to-Parent Coordinator)

a member of the NICU team who has had her own infant in the NICU. She helps with parent-to-�parent support programs.

Respiratory Therapist

a licensed person trained in the management of breathing disorders, treatments, and procedures, oxygen and ventilators. Referred to as an RT or RCP (Respiratory Care Practitioner).

Occupational/Physical Therapist (OT/PT)

is a person who has special training in growth and development of infants. She does exercises that help improve development and muscle control. This helps with feeding skills.

Technician (X-Ray, EEG, EKG, Ultrasound, etc.)

a person who performs specific tests ordered by the doctor.

Transport Coordinator

a nurse who oversees the entire neonatal transport program, which brings sick babies into the NICU from other hospitals.

IPC Coordinator

a nurse who will help plan developmental follow-up for some babies.


a pastor, priest, minister, or rabbi who offers spiritual care to families.


people who give their time to help in the NICU - greeting, answering phones, and assisting the nursing staff. All volunteers receive an orientation and training by the hospital Volunteer Services Department and the supervisors in the NICU. "Cuddlers" help the nurses when a baby needs extra holding and comforting, when parents are not available. Parent-to-Parent volunteers support NICU families by telephone and other programs.


You too, are members of your baby's team. As parents, you are the most important people in your baby's life. There will be many different staff with your baby to provide care. However, you are the only ones who will remain absolutely constant. By being here as often as you can, your baby will come to know your touch and face. (He already knows your voice.) You will get to know him, too: what seems to comfort him most, what he likes and dislikes. We hope you will share these thoughts with us so we can all give him personalized care. Don't ever feel that your presence, calls or questions are an inconvenience to the staff. Remember, they not only care for your baby -- they also care about him, and about you.

Data Researched and provided by Good Beginnings