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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner


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Career Overview

Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) are advanced practice nurses who specialize in providing care to acutely ill babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These nurses have advanced skills in physical and psychosocial assessment of the newborn, and handle transport of acutely ill babies. The environments in which neonatal nurse practitioners work are very intense and dramatic, often with nonstop action.


RN preparation and a Master of Science in Nursing with advanced practice certification as an NNP are required. Programs are generally of 2 years’ duration. These programs are affiliated with major medical centers that are equipped to care for premature babies. Previous experience in the NICU is usually a requirement for admission to an NNP program.


  • Technical competency involving use of complex and computerized equipment
  • Skill in regulating ventilators
  • Hemodynamic monitoring skills
  • Experience and expertise in assessing and managing acutely ill babies
  • Skill in obtaining blood samples from central intravenous lines
  • Interpersonal competency dealing with patients and their families in life-threatening situations
  • Ability to work with interdisciplinary teams
  • Ability to support parents’ decisions even when you do not agree
  • Comfort working with very small babies


  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (
  • American Nurses Association Credentialing Center (
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses (

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Fast Facts for the Neonatal Nurse, Second Edition


Written for novice neonatal nurses and those new to the NICU, this concise, easy-to-use resource delivers all the essentials of daily practice for the care of neonates and their families. Families experience dramatic transformations as roles develop and change during the newborn period. Throughout it all, they rely on the nurse’s expertise, support, and encouragement to learn to care for their child and meet the newborn’s most basic needs.Fast Facts for the Neonatal Nurse, Second Edition begins with a streamlined yet comprehensive review of normal newborn characteristics. With this foundation, chapters walk through a variety of common and uncommon newborn physiological changes to enable the neonatal nurse to detect any possible complications that warrant additional assessment. This second edition provides more in-depth content on high-risk conditions to promote the safest, high-quality care to the entire neonatal patient population. Grounded in evidence-based prac...

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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP-BC®) Certification Review (Digital Access: 6-Month Subscription)


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Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Exam Prep Study Guide


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