Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
|1. ||Basic description—Neonatal nurse practitioners 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 non-stop action.|
|2. ||Educational requirements—RN preparation and MSN with
advanced practice certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner.
Programs are generally 2 years in length. 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 a neonatal nurse practitioner program.|
|3. ||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|• ||Technical competency involving use of complex and computerized equipment|
|• ||Skill in regulating ventilators|
|• ||Hemodynamic monitoring skills|
|• ||Experiences and expertise in assessing and managing acutely
|• ||Skill in obtaining blood samples from central IV 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
|• ||Comfort working with very small babies|
|• ||Ability to support a parents decision even when you do
|4. ||Compensation—Salaries vary according to place of employment and geographic location. The average is $62,000 to $80,000
but can be much higher depending on level of responsibility.|
|5. ||Employment outlook—High|
|6. ||Related Web sites and professional organizations:|
|• ||American Association of Nurse Practitioners: www.aanp.org|
|• ||Nurse Practitioner Support Services: www.nurse.net|
|• ||Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: www.pedsccm.wustl.edu|
|• ||Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal
Nurses (AWHONN): www.awhonn.org/|
|• ||National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN):
|• ||American Nurse Association Credentialing Center:
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing.
Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 107.
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