Ready for Action: NICU Nurses Train for Emergency Transports


Over the past 37 years, Registered Nurse Gail Alder has followed a plow over a snow covered mountain pass, coordinated a formal team and has experienced days with adrenaline rushes, excitement and fulfillment — all as a part of her job with Renown’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) transport team.

“It’s my passion,” Gail explains. “I love helping and taking care of babies. Being able to do it in any environment whether it’s in the hospital environment, a rural environment, in a plane or in an ambulance, to be able to help these babies survive is just amazing.”

Founded in the early 1970s, the NICU transport team travels a 300-mile radius, by air or ambulance, to bring in sick babies for care.

Watch Gail and other members of the team undergo training at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. These trainings ensure the entire team is as prepared as possible for their next response to a life-saving call.


  1. This is a good video, but we need to reword the headline. There is only one nurse here and the rest are respiratory therapist. RT's are a huge part of the hospital and they need to be recognized just as much as nurses are.