It makes my heart happy to see them growing and thriving

Amanda Hartman

I have been a nurse in Bronson Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for more than five years. I think I was meant to be a NICU nurse. We get to take care of the most fragile patients and be a part of their beginning and the family’s journey.

Working with families is one of my favorite things. It’s hard but it’s also one of the most rewarding parts. I know it’s very scary for them. They never expect to meet us. They might not have even known what the NICU is before coming to the hospital.  We get to educate them and celebrate all the little things that are such big things in the NICU- a baby gaining a pound or coming off the CPAP.  Many times, families aren’t here for just a few days. It could be weeks or months. Because of that, it is a special bond you make with families. Together we watch these fragile babies grow. They are little warriors.

It’s the best when I get to see the former patients again. It makes my heart happy to see them growing and thriving. And seeing parents again is like seeing an old friend because we spent so much time together.

I always tell everyone that Bronson is such a wonderful place. We have a team that works so smoothly together. I learn so much from the neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners. It is special here- it’s really not like anywhere else.

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