Topeka (WIBW) - Meagan Wise has loved being a nurse in Stormont-Vail's NICU the past four years.
She says seeing the journies of the babies and seeing them go home is the best thing.
For the past three months, Meagan's focus in the NICU has been on twins Bryson and Mason. They aren't her patients - they're Meagan and husband Derek's sons.
The boys were born at 26 weeks. Mason weighed one pound, 14 ounces, while Bryson weighed an even two pounds. Because they hadn't had time to grow, they had heart and lung issues.
Meagan says, because of her work, she knew the twins were in good hands and she understood how much hope there was for them medically. But it couldn't prepare her for all the emotions of being a parent in the NICU. It was scary and, at times, overwhelming.
Dr. Sue Hall, medical director of Stormont's NICU, says the staff is trained to be aware of how stressful it can be for parents. She says social work staff help with many issues, but the nurses also have rounds every morning to talk about each families' specific situations. In that way, she says, they are able to identify and address each families' needs.
The NICU journey that began for the Wise's when the twins were born April 18th is about to end. Medications have corrected the heart and lung issues without need for surgery and most feeding issues are resolved. The car seats are ready and, soon, Mason and Bryson will put on their going home outfits. When Meagan does come back, she says, it will be as a better nurse.
Being on the other side, she says, she realizes how much parents appreciate the little things nurses do every day.
Sormont also partners with the March of Dimes for their "Family Support Program" to help NICU families.