What is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner?

A Neonatal Nurse Practitioner is a professional registered nurse with clinical experience in neonatal nursing who has received formal education with supervised clinical experience in the management of sick newborns and their families. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner manages a caseload of neonates with consultation, collaboration, and general supervision from a physician. These nurses exercise independent judgement in assessment, diagnosis, initiation of delegated medical procedures, and evaluation, consistent with the state nurse practice laws and institutional guidelines.