Neonatal nurse practitioner

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Neonatal nurse practitioner
Occupation type
Activity sectors
healthcare, advanced practice registered nurse
Education required
Master's degree or Doctorate degree
Related jobs
nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist

A neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) is a nurse practitioner that specializes in the care of neonates. [1]

Education and board certification[edit]

Following educational preparation at the master's or doctoral level, NNPs must become board certified by an approved certification body. Board certification must be maintained by obtaining continuing nursing education credits. In the US, board certification is provided through the National Certification Corporation (awards the NNP-BC credential).[2]

Scope of practice[edit]

NNPs primarily provide critical care to neonates in a neonatal intensive care unit. In addition, NNPs may function as a post-discharge and primary healthcare provider for post-NICU infants, provide case management for continuity of care across healthcare settings and communities, and serve as expert consultants to other units such as emergency room, pediatrics, radiology, operating room, primary pediatric/family medicine practices, prenatal services, etc.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Competencies in Specialty Areas" (PDF). US Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Certification exams". NCC. Retrieved 12 January 2014.