Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU)

The Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) provides care for infants with varying diagnoses, including extreme prematurity and cardiac defects, in an environment equipped with the latest patient care technology.

The RNICU is housed in UAB's Women and Infants Center. The staff includes Magnet-certified nurses, 13 board-certified neonatologists and many other specially qualified health professionals.

Read more about UAB's Women & Infants Center.

Patient Population

  • Critically ill infants with complicated diagnoses associated with pre-maturity
  • Cardiac surgery

Number of Beds

  • 56 private rooms; 63 beds

Nurse/Patient Ratio

  • 1:2 standard
  • 1:1 for extremely ill neonates


  • 8a-8p and 8p-8a
  • Work every 4th weekend

Skill Mix

  • Registered Nurse - 93%
  • Patient Care Technician - 7%

Nursing Unit Orientation

  • 10-12 weeks



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