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“That baby could have died. We need to fix our dangerously understaffed NICU.”

April 7, 2021

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Part of a series: COVID-19 — Nurses’ Notes from the Front Line

by Teresa Rowe, RN

Twenty years ago — before we were designated as an approved neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by California Children’s Services, and back when we rarely had an infant who needed to be on a ventilator — my hospital asked the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for a “program flexibility,” which allowed management to schedule too few RNs on the floor caring for these most vulnerable patients.

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