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Tribute to NICU Nurses

Good NICU nurses can have a huge impact on our NICU experience.  Their thoughtfulness, understanding, gentle care and support can make each day in the NICU so much more bearable.

I would like to give each of you (and myself) the opportunity to pay tribute to a NICU nurse who had a positive impact on your NICU stay.  What did they do that made such a difference to you?  How did they treat your baby?  Are you still in contact with them?

Please take a moment to express your appreciation to those who work so hard to keep our tiny preemies alive.

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.


  1. Our special nurses’ name was Joan. She was amazing and it was like having a grandma there taking care of our little girl. She always went above and beyond and when they called her in on her days off she stipulated that our little girl had to be one of her patients if she did work. We still have a special place for her in our hearts!

  2. Our favorite NICU nurse was Sherry. She was always willing to let us do things for Roxy and care for her. She understood that we needed time holding her and cuddling. She pushed my husband to hold Roxy, feed her, bathe her, etc. He was a little shy and she just prodded until he’d done what he needed to learn to do. She worked with Roxy to wean Roxy off her nasal cannula and get her feeding tube out. She was the one that got Roxy into a heated bed instead of the incubator. It just seemed like she knew what Roxy was capable of and let her do what she needed to do. I always felt like I could breathe a sigh of relief when I knew she was on duty.

    • And we are still in touch. I email her pictures of Roxy and keep her up-to-date. This post actually reminded me that its time to send her a quick message 🙂

  3. Randi Jenkins says:

    We had a wonderful Nicu nurse her name is April at UT hospital!! She made us feel like family!! And it was so hard to leave our baby girl everyday but she made it a little easer! Baby Kaylee was born at 31 weeks and was 2.9 lbs April stayed with us the whole time!! And now that we are home we still send her pictures and talk via text!! She is an angel and she helped mine I will always remember her!! Thank you April!!

  4. All of our NICU nurses were are favorite. We had some that we had on a more regular basis, but each and every one of them are heros in my book.
    I had my twins at 27 weeks, and was terrified with everything going on. And the nurses were tremendous. My babies are now going on 7 months old and are thriving. I still keep in touch with several of the nurses that took care of my 2 miracles. God bless ALL NICU nurses everywhere

  5. Lakendra chinn says:

    My favorite nurse was Megan at St. Joesph hospital in wichita, kansas. I had a micro preemie and she was so loving and caring

  6. Pamela Harper says:

    i actually owe a lot to several nurses in the NICU, Patti, Nancy, and Charlene, they all took care of my twins when they were in the NICU and stayed close with us when one of them was transfered to the childrens hospital next door and the oher went home and after a six months stay at the childrens hospital (14 months in the hospital total) they went to work for the home nursing agency and took care of my daughter at home for 2 1/2 more years until they started preschool. i don’t know what i would have done if it were not for these nurses they were there with us through it all!!!! and now they are like family and always will be!!!!!! we love you guys!!!!!!

    • Pamela Harper says:

      there are also a few other that have also stayed close with us as well, i could not have asked for better nurses!!!!!

  7. Elizabeth Howard says:

    All of the NICU nurses were good to us. But 3 of them were very special to us. Johanna, Mara , and (mama) Janelle. Janelle and us became very close. I could type for hours about her and what a blessing she is. Mara was our little one’s first nurse. and Johanna was just an amazing woman. I thank God every day for these ladies if not for them my baby girl would not be here.

  8. I am grateful to all the NICU nurses, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, OH, who took care of my Grandson, Israel. Israel was born 16 weeks early, underwent 3 surgeries and countless procedures. Evelyn, however, was extraordinary. If neither Israel’s parents, nor myself, could take care of him, it was a comfort to know Evelyn was. She was gentle and protective of Israel. Even requested to be his primary nurse. Israel passed when he was 53 days. Evelyn helped us through it. She comforted us, allowed us to grieve, and spend as much time at with Israel as we needed to. We are so thankful and blessed that Israel was given such excellent care. We will never forget Evelyn.

  9. We were in the NICU for 6 months so there were a lot of different NICU nurses that meant so much to us. The top 2 though were Maureen and Elisa. Maureen was INCREDIBLE!! She loved my baby as her own. She’d be able to take all that doctor/hospital lingo and dumb it down so I would know what was going on. She took care of my baby with love and she took care of our emotional needs too. Love that nurse! Elisa was so cool. She too loved my baby very much and talked sweet to her. NICU nurses are awesome!! Thanks Ladies 🙂

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