A neonatal nursing practitioner works closely with newborn infants who have a variety of problems; some issues be minor, and others may be life threatening. The practitioner works closely with patients, doctors, family members, and hospital technicians to ensure the utmost standard of quality care for the newborn infants. A neonatal nurse practitioner generally works set hours, but those hours may vary depending on the needs of their employer. Patient care occurs constantly, so evening, overnight, and weekend hours may be necessary. Neonatal nurse practitioners work indoors and (in most instances) in a hospital setting. They interact not only with patients and their family, but also with doctors and other hospital personnel.
All neonatal nurse practitioners must be certified as a registered nurse and have completed an accredited program to become an advance practice registered nurse. State, local, and federal law may require other certifications dependent upon place of employment Most employers require prior experience working with infants as well. Basic computer skills are necessary to write reports and log activities. Excellent verbal communication skills are required to effectively convey diagnoses, treatments, and status updates to family members and doctors. Attention to detail is important to effectively document patient activity and interactions. A dedication to high-quality care and a desire to help others are required of all neonatal nurse practitioners.
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NP) Tasks
- Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.
- Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
- Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
- Administer therapeutic procedures.
- Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.