Laura Gilmore, BSN, RNC-NIC, has been a transport nurse at Children’s National for nine years, here's what a typical day looks like for her.
Q: What’s a typical day like for you at Children’s National?
A: Approximately 98 percent of infants admitted to the NICU are brought in by a Neonatal NICU Transport nurse, either by helicopter or by ambulance. I typically transport infants less than 5 kilos (approximately 11 pounds) or less than 60 days old. Sometimes we also take these patients to the emergency department or other ICUs.
Q: What kind of education and training did you need for your job?
A: I have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. I actually worked in the Children’s National NICU at the bedside for four years prior to applying for a transport position. In order to become a NICU transport RN we are required to have at least 3-5 years of Level 3 or higher NICU experience. Once we are hired as a transport RN we go through an advanced training program.
Q: What’s your favorite part of your job?
A: Getting the babies back here safely! I enjoy the complexity of it. We operate at a very high level of nursing to be able to get such tiny babies stabilized and to the NICU safely. It is an adrenaline rush. You never know what to expect when the phone rings.
Q: What do you want your colleagues to know about the work you do here?
A: Being a Neonatal Transport nurse is a very rewarding job. We have a lot of autonomy, however caring for critically ill infants can be very stressful. I take a lot of pride in what I do.