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Neonatal nursing

Katie Broadbent

Name: Katie Broadbent

Job title: Band 7 Neonatal Sister

Speciality: Neonatal Unit

Organisation: Northern Care Alliance

What is your current role?

I am a Band 7 sister on a level 3 neonatal unit with 37 cots. My role includes both clinically caring for babies & their families & also co-ordinating care on the unit. I am developmental care lead. I teach newborn life support, & i am lead for bereavement care.

What was your route to this role?

I began working on the NICU after i qualified in May 1999. I worked at the Royal Oldham Hospital for 2 years & then took a career break & went to Australia & New Zealand for 18 months. There i worked on the NICU in Sydney for 3 months. I was able to travel & worked within Neonatal & paediatric settings in Perth & Gisborne NZ. I came back to work at Oldham having gained more experience & knowledge & then progressed to a Band 6 role. I gained further experience in leadership skills & clinical skills & lastly progressed to a Band 7.

What prompted you to do this role?

I came into Neonatal care from qualifying & have always been passionate about my job.

What education/courses/modules have you undertaken to equip you for the role?

I have completed several courses over my 20 Years. I qualified as a paediatric nurse in 1999, since working in neonates i have completed my ENB 998, 405, R23. I have a degree in Neonatal care. Modules in Leadership, Developmental Care & community care of the Neonate. I did my dissertation around palliative care & have attended many workshops & courses around bereavement care.

How do you see yourself developing your skills?

I am completing a course in July on Neonatal Behavioral Observation which will enhance my knowledge & skills further & support both staff & parents on the unit.

What is your long-term career plan?

I am currently happy in my role as a band 7 sister, have no desire to go further into management. I enjoy the mix of being clinical, caring for babies & families & coordinating the unit.

What advice would you give someone thinking about moving to work in your area of practice?

Neonates is very different to any other area of practice. Some of our babies can be on the unit up to a year this means we build close relationships with families, unlike anywhere else. The job is massively rewarding, but can also be challenging & stressful at times. It requires patience & excellent communication skills.

What do you most enjoy about this area of care?

Caring for babies & supporting parents through there journey. Teaching staff & students.

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