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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in Nevada - NV


Neonatal nurse practitioner programs in Nevada must meet certain educational requirements mandated by the Nevada Board of Nursing. First, one’s education must last at least one academic year, and include four months of classroom time and clinical experience under a physician or supervising advanced practitioner of nursing (APN). The program must also be accredited and approved Nevada’s state board of nursing. Advanced courses in health assessment of neonates, pathophysiology of neonates, and the preparation for practice as an APN must be contained within the curriculum. A concentration of courses in one’s neonatal specialty must also be included. In addition to clinical experience, the board also mandates that students learn to make independent clinical decisions with regards to diagnosis and care of their patients. Finally, national certification must be achieved through a specialty organization (the National Certification Corporation offers such certification for neonatal nurse practitioners).

Clinical experiences conducted outside of the classroom may be held at a variety of medical facilities throughout Nevada. Possibilities include Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas; Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, both in Las Vegas; Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas; Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks and Reno; St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in Las Vegas; Children’s Hospital of Nevada in Las Vegas; and Summerlin Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Schools