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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

A Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) is an advanced practice nurse that specializes in caring for neonates up to two years of age in a variety of clinical settings. The term neonatal refers to infants who are in the first 28 days of their lives, however infants may be sick for much longer. Neonatal nurses specialize in working with infants who are born with sicknesses or problems such as prematurity, infection, surgical problems, or birth defects. In order to become an NNP, students must hold a master’s or doctorate degree.

Neonatal nurses specialize in working with infants who are born with sicknesses or problems such as prematurity, infection, surgical problems, or birth defects. In order to become an NNP, students must hold a master’s or doctorate degree.

Neonatal Nurse Specialist Degree Requirements

Becoming a NNP is a lengthy process, but is doable for those who are dedicated. The first step is to become a Registered Nurse (RN) with a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). In order to obtain a BSN, students are required to pass the NCLEX-RN examination, a standardized test that every state board of nursing uses in order to determine whether or not a candidate is ready for entry-level nursing practice. After becoming an RN, nurses must get a Master of Science in Nursing.

Some neonatal nursing schools offer MSNs through an Advanced Practice Neonatal Nursing (APNN) program, which can be achieved in two years. After receiving your master degree, you must be certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and/or Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. Under specific programs, you may need to complete a minimum amount of years of clinical experience in a hospital setting.

Career and Estimated Occupation Growth

Neonatal staff work in three different level nurseries, levels I, II, and III.

  • Level I – These nurseries are dedicated to healthy newborn babies. They are practically nonexistent now because mothers and babies typically share the same room after birth and have very short hospital stays if there are no complications or health problems with the baby or the mother.
  • Level II – This nursery is categorized as an intermediate care or special care nursery. Babies may need additional oxygen, be suffering from illness, were born prematurely, need specialized feedings, or need more time to mature. These infants must be monitored and need a little more time in the hospital before being able to be discharged. Nurses who work in level II nurseries are in high demand because infants must be monitored constantly.
  • Level III – Level III nurseries are by far the most intensive and these nurses have the most responsibilities. They work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), caring for babies who are seriously ill or premature. They work around the clock, making sure that infants are stable and responding well to treatment. These nurses may administer medicine, teach parents how to care for their infant, and operate high technology such as incubators and ventilators. Some babies are in the NICU recovering from surgery, so level III nurses will monitor their post operation stability and progress.

Hopefully you can understand the differences in each level so you can start to figure out what level you’d like to work in.

Salary Information

Neonatal nursing is a relatively new specialty in the nursing field, however positions are in high demand. According to the latest survey from the The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession is predicted to grow 31% by the year 2022. The salary for neonatal nurse practitioners is also attractive. According to the same BLS survey, the median salary for a neonatal nurse is $89,960. Source

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Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: Direct entry MSN, BSN to MSN
Programs: Graduate Entry Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN: Bachelors Program, ACEN: Masters Program
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 81.63% (2014)
Columbia University

New York, NY

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: Direct entry MSN
Programs: Master's Entry Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
Creighton University

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: DNP
Programs: DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
Duke University

Durham, NC

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 98.00% (2014)
East Carolina University

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post Master's Certificate Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: RN to MSN, BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: CAGS Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
Regis University

Denver, CO

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
Rush University

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: Post Masters Certification, DNP
Programs: DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post-Graduate Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

Peoria, IL

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nursing Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN: Bachelors Program, ACEN: Masters Program
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 76.00% (2014)
South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: DNP
Programs: DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
Stony Brook University

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post Masters Advanced Certificate Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
Thomas Jefferson University

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN
Programs: MS Nurse Practitioner Neonatal Care
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Cincinnati

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post Master's Certificate Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: MSN Neonatal Acute Care Nurse Practitioner / Clinical Specialist, Post Masters Certificate Neonatal Acute Care
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
University of Florida

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: Post Masters Certification, DNP
Programs: DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post Master's Certificate Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, ACEN Associate
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 86.50% (2013)
University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: DNP
Programs: DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post-Masters Certificate Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN
Programs: Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Combined)
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
University of Missouri - Kansas City

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post Master's Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: RN to MSN, BSN to MSN, DNP
Programs: DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Rochester

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: RN to MSN, BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification, PhD
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, PhD Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post Masters Certificate Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of South Alabama

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: RN to MSN, BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification, DNP
Programs: DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Online MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post Graduate Certificate Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: DNP
Programs: DNP Neonatal Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Texas at Arlington

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Post MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
University of Utah

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: DNP
Programs: DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Online DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program
University of Washington

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: DNP
Programs: DNP Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
Vanderbilt University

Online: Nursing school offers hybrid or online programs

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: Direct entry MSN, RN to MSN, BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: MSN Neonatal NP, Post masters Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN: Masters Program
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 87.00% (2014)
Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice
Wright State University

Dayton, OH

Specialties: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Degrees: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE: Bachelors Program, CCNE: Masters Program