Neonatal Nurse Spotlight: Aileen E. Takeshita
Aileen E. Takeshita (RN, BSN, CCRN, Program Coordinator—Education/NICU) works with our tiniest patients. Here’s why she finds this work so meaningful and rewarding, in her own words:
“As an NICU nurse, I work with newborn infants born with a variety of problems ranging from prematurity, birth defects, infection, cardiac malformations, and/or surgical problems. These babies usually experience problems from the time they’re born or shortly after birth. Not only do we care for the baby, we also care for the family. We provide them with psychosocial support during this stressful time.
At the end of the day, the greatest reward is a genuine thank you from the parents or family. Of course, it is always sending a baby home. The harsh reality is that not all babies go home. But when a mother, father, or family member pulls you aside, gives you a hug, and says “Thank you for all you did to help me and my baby,” that’s the reward.
I live in this community. In 23 years I’ve worked at White Memorial, I’ve taken care of a lot of babies. I see these families [outside of the hospital]. And they always remember me and are so excited when they can say “Look at my baby. He/She is doing so well now. Thank you!”