Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

School of Nursing

Neonatal critical care is a growing field, and Bouvé is at the forefront of providing experienced nurses with the knowledge, competence, and skill to be in demand across the country.

Overview

We require applicants to have at least two years of NICU experience before entering our program, and most have more than that. As a registered nurse, you already have a significant base of nursing knowledge. The neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) program focuses on advanced nursing knowledge and clinical practice. You will:

  • learn advanced diagnostic reasoning
  • carry out independent management of patients and their families
  • develop the expertise necessary to care for high-risk neonates and their families
  • become proficient at delivery room management of high-risk neonates

Our graduates are prepared to make independent decisions in level 2 and level 3 NICUs, drawing on their experience and diagnostic abilities to affect lives every day.

We also offer a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAGS) for experienced nurses who have a master’s degree in nursing and want to specialize in neonatal critical care. One year of full-time study will increase your skills and experience and enable you to sit for the neonatal nurse practitioner certification exam offered by the National Certification Corporation for the obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing specialties.

Contact Info

Gretchen Hamn
102 Robinson Hall
g.hamn@neu.edu

Sample Curriculum

We offer one-year full-time and two-year part time options. Both options feature:

  • advanced physiology and pathophysiology
  • early assessment and evaluation of the high-risk neonate
  • common life-threatening illnesses encountered by neonates
  • advanced nursing management and technology needed by critically ill neonates and their families
  • pharmacology specific for neonatal nurse practitioners
  • roles of clinical expert, manager, educator, consultant, and client advocate

MS Curriculum
Required Courses and Semester Hours

Professional Core
NRSG 7105 Translating Research Evidence into Practice 3
NRSG 7110 Evidence Based Practice Research Applications 2
NRSG 5121 Epidemiology and Community Health 3
NRSG 5118 Health Care Systems and Professional Development 3
Total 11 sh

Clinical Core
NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice 3
NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology 2
NRSG 6116 Advanced Health Assessment of the Neonate 3
NRSG 6232 Neonatal Pharmacology 2
Total 10 sh

Theory & Clinical Courses
NRSG 6230 Nursing Management Critically lll Neonatal l 3
NRSG 6231 Nursing Management Critically lll Neonatal ll 3
NRSG 6430 Neonatal Clinical Practicum l 4
NRSG 6431 Neonatal Clinical Practicum ll 4
NRSG 6432 Neonatal Clinical Practicum lll 2
Total 16 sh

Electives 4 sh
Total Credits Required for MS 41

Curriculum subject to change

CAGS Curriculum
Pre-requisite Courses or Equivalent

NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice 3
NRSG 5117 Advanced Pharmacology 2

Required Courses and Semester Hours

NRSG 6232 Neonatal Pharmacology 2
NRSG 6230 Nursing Management Critically lll Neonatal l 3
NRSG 6231 Nursing Management Critically lll Neonatal ll 3
NRSG 6116 Advanced Health Assessment of the Neonate 3
NRSG 6430 Neonatal Clinical Practicum l 4
NRSG 6431 Neonatal Clinical Practicum ll 4
NRSG 6432 Neonatal Clinical Practicum lll 2
Total 21 sh

Elective 3 sh
Total Credits Required for CAGS Neonatal NP Specialization 24

Experiential Learning

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at Northeastern University is an on line program which prepares seasoned neonatal nurses for the opportunity to earn their MSN degree and to sit for the national Neonatal NP board certification exam. Clinical practicum will begin in the first semester of the second year of the program. During the clinical practicum, students will be working with a NNP preceptor to acquire the knowledge and skills to provide neonates acute care as an advanced practice nurse in the intensive care setting.  Students will work with their advisor to arrange clinical placements in neonatal ICU’s within their geographic area.

The Northeastern University NNP program connects students to multiple preceptors in order to expose them to various practice styles and clinical settings.

Northeasterns’ outstanding reputation in experiential education and specifically in nursing education means that we have established clinical sites at a variety of prestigious institutions.  Presently, our affiliations in the Boston region include:

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