Neonatal nurse practitioner
|healthcare, advanced practice registered nurse|
|Master's degree or Doctorate degree|
|nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist|
Education and board certification
Following educational preparation at the Master's degree or doctorate degree level, NNPs must successfully 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).
Scope of practice
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.
- "Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Competencies in Specialty Areas". US Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Certification exams". NCC. Retrieved 12 January 2014.