Neonatal Nursing is an area of specialty that focuses on the care and treatment of newborn infants up to 28 days after birth. Neonatal nurses provide complete care for babies, both pre-term and full-term infants, who are critically ill, growing and have chronic conditions. This role requires specific training and competencies that are outlined below.
Neonatal Nurse Job Description
In order to work as a neonatal nurse, you must be meet specific qualifications. It’s important to know what these qualifications are as you research program options and requirements. Below are just a few of the important skills needed for neonatal nursing:
- A comprehensive understanding of the physiological and psychological needs of new-borns.
- An empathetic understanding for parents and other family members dealing with a child in the NICU.
- Communication skills are highly beneficial as neonatal nurses educate families about neonatal, intensive, and postpartum care.
Becoming a Neonatal Nurse
Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs), as they are often referred, must have specific training and an advanced degree. Typically, a master’s degree is required, in addition to other credentials outlined below:
- Become a registered nurse and earn a degree(s) from an accredited university.
- Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center will help prepare one for the position.
- Neonatal nurses often require extreme versatility to be able to support the varying needs of newborns both with complications.
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