"Meeting a child who is not well is never easy but it is essential to take care of them, for us nurses. One aspect that is less talked about is the contact with parents, which is necessary in our work.
It is an inseparable triad: it is not possible to take care of a child and not take care of his parents.
right balance between empathy and professionalism allows her to relate to children and their parents.
know how to put oneself in a listening position and to enter into the intimacy of these people
talk about the neonatal intensive care unit, her gaze becomes serious, intense and her words firm, mature: "The nurse of a neonatal intensive care unit must not only know how to speak, she must first of all know how to listen".
parents of premature babies is difficult in itself, but during this period it is even more difficult: "
There is a
lack of looks, which in some moments are fundamental; like when the right words cannot be found and silence makes noise
In those moments, looking into each other's eyes is the only way to communicate.
has changed every dynamic, it has forced mothers and fathers to move away from neonatal intensive care, away from their children
It amplified their fears:
parents is not easy and let's face it, it's not really possible" but Cristiana and her colleagues are doing everything they can to make mothers and fathers feel the closeness of their children
They do it daily through smartphones and tablets, the only means of communication that allow a secure connection, through which they can establish a human relationship. Over
weeks they have found alternative ways for their children to show their parents: sending photos through the company email and scheduling calls, in the morning with the doctors for clinical news and in the afternoon with the nurses to tell their children's day
Intense calls, which took place day after day, amid emotional tears and smiles. Calls that reassured mothers and fathers discouraged, frightened.
that stretched a thread that not even Covid was able to undermine, thanks to the work of the nurses. A
moment like this made the importance of the nurses even more visible, the only bridge between distant parents and newborn babies, helpless, with an immense need for care and affection. This is the
of the nurses,
ready to stretch the thread of a relationship, beyond the situation we are facing. We are looking at
humanity of the nurses in the face
Not heroes, but attentive professionals, people
a period of medical emergency in an intensive care unit further changes the way we look at life: "I
growing desire to listen even more to everything that revolves around a premature infant
To listen to the parents, even if they are far away at the moment, to welcome their fears and take care of them with greater strength.
Heroes, but we are professionals and before that we are people, who continue to work every day with dedication
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