The Steady Pulse of the NICU


NICU Nurses:

  • You are many

Flyers, Travelers, Homebodies

  • Eying tiny callers

Focused, ready, tenacious

  • Fierce protectors, tender touchers

Faith-filled, hopeful, life affirming

  • Hellos and goodbyes

You run a tight ship


  • Accidental tourist

Eying tiny progeny

  • Fragile, confused, lost

Naked, barely breathing

  • My heart, my child, your hands

Sorry. No hello, goodbye … just a foot and then a foot

  • I learned to run a tight ship           –Anonymous

My breath catches a bit as I watch the NICU nurses caring for their tiny patients knowing we too were held so tenderly….

Cherished, Beloved Miracle Workers of the NICU! Thank you NICU Nurses for your compassion, love, courage, inspiration, wisdom and professional presence within the NICU.


NICU Nurses, the Heartbeat, steady pulse of the NICU, provided us with critical care as they protected, treated, nourished, cuddled and loved us. A hearty, courageous and light-filled lot, they know all too well that the ride, the wave, is forever unique. We may never reconnect directly with our NICU caretakers. However, we are miraculous and we have the power to “pay it forward”!  

Author: Kathy Papac and Kathryn (Kat) Campos

Kathryn (Kat) Campos: Hello, I am a former 24 week gestation micro-preemie. I lost my twin brother Cruz at birth and encountered open heart surgery with no anesthesia at 3 weeks old weighing 1lb 3oz/0.58kg. I served on the University of Washington Medical Center Advisory Board Neonatal ICU Council from 2013 to 2015. I am passionate about assisting and supporting our Global NICU Community. If your a Preterm Birth/NICU Survivor this blog is dedicated to you, your family, and all members of the NICU Community. Together lets support other Preemie Survivors, Preemies, Preemie families, Preemie Community, Neonatal and related Staff, Providers, Professionals and Facilities. We ALL have stories to share and preemie journeys to help empower! Kathy Papac: Preemie Mom of surviving (Kathryn) and a deceased (Cruz) 24 week gestation twins. Neonatal Womb journeyer, counselor/legal expert with an MA certificate in Spirituality, Health and Medicine from Bastyr University. Passionate Global Community participant. Our goal is to recognize, honor and empower the Neonatal Womb community and shine light upon the presence and potentiality of the preterm birth survivors as vital community participants.

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