Recently I was introduced to Shona Kim. Shona is a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse who works at Monash Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), one of the four largest in Victoria that provides exceptional care and treatment for sick and premature babies.

I asked Shona what is was like to work in NICU. To my disbelief she said she nearly gave it up. I was surprised at this as I thought it would be very rewarding caring for and tending to little babies needs and watching them grow and become healthy, eventually being released from hospital. Shona helped me understand, as with all specialist areas of nursing, there are pros and cons. Obviously one of the pros (which is the only one I was thinking of!) is that you can play a part in saving the lives of babies, which is very rewarding. However Shona highlighted that it is a stressful job because not only are you dealing with the patient, but the parents as well. She said how heartbreaking it was to see what families go through and the toughest was that not all babies survive and sometimes, parents are unable to cope, leaving behind babies who, as a result of difficulties during pregnancy or birth, are permanently mentally impaired. It is very different from adult nursing – babies do everything back to front and go from well to close to death in a matter of hours.

She said how heartbreaking it was to see what families go through and the toughest was that not all babies survive and sometimes, parents are unable to cope.

Care of the parents, supporting, encouraging and educating them is also a huge part of the job. The parents can be highly emotional and also very trying especially when you feel they have been the cause of their infants problems, such as drug taking during pregnancy. You have to be non-judgemental and still just do your best for the babies and their parents. That being said, it is hard to imagine what the parents are going through – heartbreaking to say the least.

Whilst at times it can be very stressful and downright depressing it is also very rewarding and this is where the focus must stay. Shona said she loves seeing the tiny neonates all scrawny at 24 weeks and then seeing them grow with good outcomes at full term.

Being a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse is a precise job and you have to be systematic in your care and very organised. Little things make big differences to the health of these babies and there is not much room for error. You also have to have good assessment skills and a very high attention to detail.

In addition to being a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, Shona is also a cosmetic nurse and believes the skills she has acquired working in NICU also serve her well within cosmetic nursing, where clients also deserve and expect the very highest level of care.

Shona has been trained in all areas of non-surgical cosmetic procedures utilising the latest technology in both dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections and other methods for skin rejuvenation. She completed a range of courses in advanced medical skin care and cosmetic injectables at the top beauty clinic in South Korea where the aesthetics industry is highly developed.

Shona firmly believes that the smallest changes can make the biggest impact! She has aesthetic eyes and hands and loves listening to her client’s concerns, seeing the smile on their faces after treatment and loves it when they love her work!

Like me, Shona wants to help clients be the best version of themselves and love the skin they’re in! These are just some of the many reasons I hired her. One of my existing clients told me she thought Shona was really, really good and certainly knew her stuff!

If you are considering non-surgical cosmetic procedures, let us take you on the journey, together! Call the clinic on 9882 2450 to meet Shona and have a complimentary consultation! Trust that you will be in safe hands!