The Medical Center of Aurora Nursery reflects a commitment to provide family-centered and developmentally supportive care to our patients and their families. Our Neonatal Specialties staff enjoys a strong collaborative relationship with the medical staff and the support of neonatal nurse practitioners.

Each year, we offer an eight week, 32-hour Neonatal Education course coordinated by our full-time educator. This course is offered in conjunction with clinical orientation for nurses pursuing employment opportunities and growth in Neonatal Nursing.

Course Components

Week One

  • High-risk obstetrics
  • Normal labor and delivery
  • Routes of entry
  • Surprises in the delivery room

Week Two

  • Transitional care
  • Physical assessment
  • Gestational age assessment

Week Three

  • Inborn errors of metabolism
  • Thermoregulation
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperbilirubinemia

Week Four

  • Formulas/feeding and reflux
  • Breastfeeding
  • Drug exposed baby
  • Medication administration

Week Five

  • Recognition of the sick newborn
  • Laboratory data
  • Sepsis in the newborn
  • I-stat training

Week Six

  • X-ray interpretation
  • IV insertion/lab draws
  • NICU procedures