Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Programs in Oregon - OR | Certification | Education

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in Oregon - OR

Oregon babies get a comparably good start in life. The state is 49th in the country in low birth weight deliveries and 48th in pre-term deliveries. In fact, preterm births went down 25% just in the years between 1990 and 2003. That’s impressive, and yet some issues can’t be prevented even with Oregon’s exceptional level of prenatal care. What of the baby born with a genetic disorder like Fragile X or Williams Syndrome?

Neonatal nurse practitioner programs in Oregon prepare candidates for one of the most important jobs there is: helping babies get a good start in life. In order to be licensed as a nurse practitioner, you must first be licensed as a registered nurse. To be licensed as an NNP, you will also need to document at least 384 hours of work as a registered nurse outside of internships or educational requirements.

The next step is to complete advanced training in your specialty area of neonatology. Currently, there aren’t any neonatal nurse practitioner programs in Oregon; however, you have the option of enrolling in any school, including online institutions that are accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC). Look for one that is able to facilitate any necessary clinical practicum in a medical center near you.

The program must include an advanced level course in pharmacology; this is part of the requirement for prescriptive authority in Oregon. As of January 2011, national board certification is mandatory for Oregon’s neonatal nurse practitioners.
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