The Children’s Wisconsin NICU is one of the region’s top destinations for the care of newborns and fetuses with complex medical and surgical needs, before or after birth. The Fetal Concerns Center offers comprehensive care coordination for families and work in partnership with the providers who offer a variety of fetal interventions. It boasts Wisconsin’s largest level IV NICU and cares for the region’s high-risk newborns. The system’s comprehensive program is nationally recognized for its interdisciplinary approach, physician expertise, and consistently high measures in safety, quality, and outcomes.
Working in collaboration with neonatologists, NNP’s are responsible for the day to day management of critically ill and convalescing infants in – leading care and coordinating the efforts of the health care team. This includes specialized neonatal care i.e. delivery room resuscitation, stabilization, initiation of infant treatment and necessary procedures, prescribing diagnostic testing, medications, and therapies, and providing family support. NNP’s are in a leadership position in the NICU. Additional responsibilities include select nursing and medical staff education; consultation; advocacy for patients, families, and nursing staff; involvement in professional development and research; participation and leadership in unit committees and councils; improvement of unit-specific neonatal outcomes.
- NNPs work 12-hour day shifts and 14-hour night shifts, comprising a 36-hour work week. However, time is built in for academics.
- New graduate NNPs will not rotate to nights until both parties are confident and comfortable.
- Given that this is an academic environment, the NNPs do have informal teaching responsibilities of residents, fellows and staff.
- The NNP role involves day-to-day patient care and management from admission to discharge, high-risk delivery attendance, ground and air transport, research, teaching, and care of pre-op neonatal cardiac patients.
- Professional level of knowledge within health care field through completion of a Master’s Degree in nursing-advanced practice.
- License to practice professional nursing in the State of Wisconsin.
- Current CPR certification ‘ Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers through American Heart or American Red Cross is required.
- Current NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certification – American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) training is required.
- Certification for Neonatal Nurse Practitioners must be obtained within 3 months of hire date.
- Proficiency in complex professional and administrative skills usually acquired through 2-3 years of clinical experience related to program specialty.