Nov. 27, 2006 | It was a big night for some tiny babies when the nurses of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) unveiled almost $9,000 worth of new equipment just for them.
The nurses who care for the state’s most fragile infants raised money for the equipment by compiling and selling an original cookbook titled “Out of the Mouths of Babes.” About 1,000 cookbooks were sold during the 2005 holiday season.
“The hospital supports us with major equipment needs, but it doesn’t hurt for us to chip in too,” said Diane Rushin, R.N., who headed up the project with fellow NICU nurse Loretta Black, R.N.
Among the equipment unveiled at a Nov. 13 party for the NICU staff and friends were a new $3,500 scale, a baby swing, bouncer seats, crib toys and medically necessary devices including a bilimeter to measure the light used to treat babies with jaundice and transilluminators to assist in IV insertion.
The nurses also displayed new chairs for parents visiting the nursery, bedside tables and a VHS/DVD player for staff and parent education.
“We will use every bit of this equipment every day,” said Kim Clingan, R.N., NICU clinical services manager. “Our nurses worked so hard to make this possible. They saw a need and made it happen.”
The UAMS NICU consists of three nurseries and provides state-of-the-art care for many of