For those who possess a BSN and at least two years as a nurse in an intensive care nursery, Regis University offers the Master of Science in Nursing with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) emphasis. This highly specialized field is increasingly in need of qualified professionals, ready to give their knowledge and care to families and their newest additions.
This campus-based NNP program combines advanced knowledge in nursing theory, health care policy, ethics and leadership related to the role of the advanced practice nurse with intensive courses reflecting the unique learning needs of the NNP- including clinical management of the high-risk newborn as well as diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The nurse practitioner program is completed in two years and courses are taught one day a week to maximize your time and allow you to work. Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of Level III (high risk) neonatal intensive care units. Students in our graduate nursing program complete a minimum of 630 hours of experience in addition to coursework while guided by experts in the field of high-risk newborns.
If your goals as a nurse don't stop with the basics, come and explore the rewards and challenges of a career as a neonatal nurse practitioner.
Degree: Graduates are awarded the Master of Science in Nursing with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialization and are eligible to take the National Certification Corporation (NCC) examination.
Length of Program: The program is completed in 2 years (5 semesters, beginning in the fall and ending in the summer).
Loretto Heights School of Nursing was recognized by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) for "creating an environment that fosters superior leadership skills in neonatal nursing practice."
Many students have been published in national neonatal journals, and many of our faculty are national recognized as well.
Pamela Heaberlin, Regis University NNP Program affiliate faculty, received the NNP Excellence in Practice Award. Pam was also elected to the NANN Board of Directors and will begin her term in January. Pam teaches Pathophysiology to Regis University NNPs and also serves as clinical faculty for Regis University.
Susan Meier, Regis University NNP Program affiliate faculty, has served on the NANNP Board of Directors — the NANN organization for NNPs.
Carol Wallman, Regis University DNP student, and affiliate faculty in the NNP program, was awarded the NANN 2013 Clinical Abstract of the Year award. She presented an abstract to NANN on the competency program, skills day, and simulation that she developed for the neonatal nurse practitioners at Children’s hospital. Linda McCarney and Wendy Barrett, both Regis NNP grads, are the second and third authors on the abstract.
Regis University NNP students have been selected to present case studies at the Neonatal Advanced Practice Forum in Washington, D.C. in recent years.
Cathy Witt, coordinator of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, received the NANN 2012 Leadership Award. This award recognizes superior leadership skills and consistent excellence in practice. She was honored for her work as editor of the NANN Journal and her leadership at Regis. Cathy is also a past president of NANN and NCC.