- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A northern Minnesota woman is beginning her nursing career in the neo-natal intensive care unit at the same hospital where she was born prematurely across the border in North Dakota.

Mikayla Carey, 22, recently graduated from Concordia College’s nursing school and now works in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo.

“Once I was enrolled in nursing, I knew the NICU is where I wanted to start,” said Carey, of Moorhead, Minnesota. “I liked my other clinical experiences, but deep down, I knew this is where I wanted to be.”

Carey was born seven weeks premature at the facility when it was known as Meritcare Hospital, WDAY-TV (https://bit.ly/1OoNGV4 ) reported.

Although working with premature and critically ill babies can be difficult, Carey said she feels at home in the neo-natal intensive care unit. She even works with some of the neo-natal nurses who cared for her after she was born.

“People joke around that I am going back to my roots, and so here I am,” she said.

A few other former patients also work as neo-natal nurses at the hospital.

“A lot of people say ‘You work in the NICU, you must rock babies all day long,’” Carey said. “No… I love rocking them if there is time, but the nurses here are proficient in what they do and their intelligence and skill level keeps these babies alive.”

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Information from: WDAY-TV, https://wday.com


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