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This phenomenological study explores the lived experience of the nurse's touch in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Touch is deeply embedded within NICU nursing, sometimes so taken-for-granted as to seem invisible, but implied in nearly every nursing gesture and pursuit. Inserting an intravenous line, bathing a baby, assessing vital signs, holding and rocking a baby to sleep, and more; all are rich with the immediacy and intimacy of bodily contact and dependent on sensitive, capabledoi:10.7939/r3-e5jp-6e83 fatcat:pzmejcqqsrbltce2x3rqf4a2xe