Corena AlbertSome of the babies that staff nurse Corena Albert has cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Aultman Hospital are now old enough to have babies of their own.
She has been a nurse for more than 21 years.
All of them have been spent in the NICU.
“This is my passion,” explained the 49-year-old Albert, who lives in Alliance. “There is no other place I’d rather be; we’re like a family in here. We support each other.”
The hospital’s NICU is the only Level III center in Stark County, where teams of specialists are able to care for the sickest babies not only from Stark, but from surrounding smaller counties.
Albert is one of about 60 full- and part-time nurses in the unit. A little personal inspiration shaped her career path. Albert herself delivered a baby that needed NICU care.
“That kind of drove me … she’s 26 now,” Albert said.
The unit can handle as many as 25 babies at any given time. All of them were either born prematurely or have some other health problem. During their time, nurses like Albert tend to everything from IV medications and oscillators to assist babies, to full life support, such as ventilators and chest tubes.
“And sometimes, we run at the drop of a hat,” Albert said.
Some of the situations they handle are when a complicated delivery shows up in the emergency room, when a sick baby is born at a smaller hospital and needs to be transported or when a baby in the hospital falls into a Code Pink, the baby equivalent of a Code Blue—requiring resuscitation efforts.
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