Nicole Bauwens, Neonatal Nurse Manager, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week Spokeswoman

Nicole Bauwens is a Registered Paediatric Nurse who trained in Aberdeen, Scotland from 1993-1996. She consolidated her training in Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and she specialised in oncology/haematology for 15 years. In 2008 she became a senior charge nurse and then in 2013 was asked to go to the neonatal unit as a Nurse Manager for 3 months, 6 years later, she’s still there and has found her passion.  Her particular interest in neonatal nursing is nurse education and family integrated care. She also has an invested interest in mental health amongst staff and families on the unit, she particularly strives to inspire people that it is ‘ok not to be ok’. Aberdeen maternity hospital is a teaching hospital so she has close links with Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen, Napier and the West of Scotland Universities in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively. Nicole with her team of 110 nurses’ work tirelessly to provide evidence based nursing care whilst working within a family integrated care model. Nicole puts her family (including 2 dogs), travel and walking as her top 3 priorities whilst not at work.

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

Did you know, reading to your baby in the NICU helps their development?

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