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Celebrate National Neonatal Nurses Day!

Sep 13, 2016

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Liz Price, NICU nurse at East Cooper Medical Center

Each day as Liz passes the bulletin board full of baby pictures in the NICU unit she is reminded of why she loves her job so much. Over twelve years ago when Liz Price was finishing nursing school, she felt her calling was to work with babies. A year into being a nurse, she was able to move into a position in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at MUSC in Charleston. After seven years, a NICU nurse position opened at East Cooper Medical Center. She jumped at the opportunity to work at East Cooper, and has been here ever since.

“Babies have always been my passion,” says Liz. “It was great to find an environment for babies and their families like the one at East Cooper.” Not long after Liz started, a newborn was admitted to the NICU. The mother was not from the area and her baby was born really early. “She and her baby stayed with us for three months. We went through all of the ups and downs together, and we still keep in touch to this day,” she says. “We spend so much time connecting with and encouraging these families. We love them like they are our own.”

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Something that sets East Cooper’s NICU apart is the Rest Easy program. There are rooms available down the hall from the NICU that enable parents to stay close to their infant, even after mom has been discharged from the hospital. “Before I worked at East Cooper I had never heard of this kind of a program,” says Liz.

The NICU team comes together each morning to talk about each baby’s progress. “We come together to go over suggestions and come up with any way to help out our new moms,” says Liz. “We are very hands on and work as a team.”

“I work with the best colleagues and management that are out there,” says Liz. “One of the main reasons I love working at East Cooper so much is because my coworkers and the people I interact with each day are like my family.”

Liz Price and coworkers

For more information about our Level II Neonatal Nursery and services click here:

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