As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
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To function in an expanded collaborative role by planning and providing comprehensive, complete management of a primary caseload of critically-ill infants and their families. Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills in all phases of practice.
These responsibilities are of utmost importance and the department cannot function without them (limit 8-10)
Patient Care Management Manages and provides care for the patient requiring neonatal intensive care utilizing collaborative consultation with team members, under the direction and supervision (direct and indirect) of an attending neonatologist. Performs a complete newborn physical examination and assessment of gestational age, discriminating between normal and abnormal findings.
c. Conducts parent interviews and takes family history.
Collaborates with neonatologists concerning pertinent historical events, physical findings, diagnostic and therapeutic measures initiated on all admissions. Orders appropriate laboratory tests and procedures. Performs diagnostic and therapeutic procedures necessary and appropriate for the care of the patient. Procedures carried out by the NNP may include: Insertion of intravenous catheters Insertion of umbilical artery and vein catheters Insertion of percutaneous arterial lines Insertion of PICC lines Artery puncture Lumbar puncture Venipuncture Ordering daily fluids and medications Suprapubic bladder tap/bladder catheterization Laryngoscopy and tracheal suctioning Interpretation of routine lab studies Interpretation of neonatal radiographs Abdominal paracentesis (with physician assistance) Remove sutures, arterial catheters, central catheters, and chest tubes Pass nasojejunal tube (with radiology assistance) Nasotracheal intubation Endotracheal intubation Ventilator management Thoracentesis (needle decompression of pneumothorax) Chest Tube Placement (with physician assistance) Pericardiocentesis Exchange transfusion Newborn hearing screening Order vasoactive drug(s) infusion(s) Advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation of neonates, including drug therapy. Reviews and provides general care items involved in neonatal care, such as temperature stabilization, hyperalimentation therapy, feeding management, and phototherapy. Participates in daily rounds in NICU Intervenes appropriately to assist in meeting the emotional needs of the families Collaborates with attending physician, social worker, nursing staff, and other health care members in planning follow-up care Actively participates in counseling and educating parents and family members Facilitates the transfer of patients to/from other hospitals Attends transport of critically-ill infants to/from referring hospitals, to include ground, helicopter and fixed-wing modes of transport. Necessity of attendance to be determined by attending neonatologist. Fosters a spirit of inquiry, identifies nursing problems, and participates in research endeavors. Disseminates nursing research findings and incorporates these findings into nursing practices for patient care within the specialty area.
Verifies that the quality of care is documented in the medical records Elicits, records and interprets the past medical, psychosocial and obstetrical history of the neonate’s family. Documents total plan for delivery of care, writes orders for accomplishing that plan and implements the plan personally or through collaboration with medical and nursing staff. Orders will be co-signed by a neonatologist or attending physician according to facility medical staff bylaws and regulations. Evaluates and revises plan of care on an ongoing basis and reviews revisions with Neonatologist. Assists with discharge planning/teaching. Assists with completion of discharge summary. Participates in quality assurance and improvement programs and works with department management to improve the services provided.
Non-Essential Job Functions
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Education and Teaching Participates in educational activities, which promote quality patient care. Serves on appropriate committees which determine policies related to the delivery of health care to high-risk infants Performs informal and formal clinical research in collaboration with other medical and nursing personnel and publishes findings as appropriate. Makes informed recommendations for implementation of new concepts and techniques affecting patient care. Participates in parent education Participates in activities, which contribute to the education of other professionals. Teaches NICU continuing education classes. Contributes to pertinent obstetric and pediatric conferences related to perinatal care. Assists with the continuing education of residents as requested. Participates in the education of student nurses/nurse practitioners. Professional Growth and Development
1. Participates in activities which enhance role development
Maintains clinical competency and keeps informed on current trends and legislation affecting neonatal care. Reads professional journals and texts and shares knowledge. Attends related workshops/seminars.
2. Participates in activities, which demonstrate professional commitment.
Sets goals for professional growth. Actively participates in at least one professional organization.
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Very strong written and verbal communication skills required Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize Demonstrates ability to work collaboratively with all levels of personnel and to work independently in emergency situations. Gives and accepts feedback Asks questions and answers patients/families questions Delegates Gives accurate information Recognizes the importance of process Willingness to accept change/adaptable Schedules time efficiently Knowledgeable regarding institute services Stays current of technological aspects of position Thinks pro-actively
Knowledge, Education, and Training
Indicate the minimum amount of formal education, training, and acquired knowledge that is required for the job. Include training and/or education provided through colleges, universities, trade or vocational schools, military service, or formal on-the-job training programs. Be sure to consider the educational/training/knowledge level required by the job - not the level that the incumbent may have.
Basic (0 to 3 months beyond high school)
Limited (3 months to 1 year beyond high school)
Specialized (1 year of training beyond high school)
Associate (2 years of training beyond high school; e.g., Associate’s degree)
Baccalaureate (up to 3-4 years of formal training/education beyond high school; e.g. Bachelor’s Degree)
Advanced (5 to 6 years of formal training/education beyond high school; e.g., Master’s Degree)
Post Graduate (6+ years of formal training/education beyond high school; e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D.)
Graduate of an accredited Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program.
License and Certification
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Active Florida Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Licensure Required; Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certification via National Certification Center; BLS and NRP Certification upon hire
Job Related Experience and On The Job Training
Indicate the level that best describes how long it would typically take an individual to learn and perform the duties and responsibilities of this job. The amount of time required includes both prior work experience and the amount of “on-the-job” training time to learn the specific job responsibilities within this organization.
Less than 3 months
More than 3 months and up to 6 months
More than 6 months and up to 1 year
More than 1 year and up to 3 years
More than 3 years and up to 5 years
More than 5 years
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner experience preferred
Describe the complexity of the job tasks. Consider the nature of the job tasks & outcomes, existence of policy or protocol, analytical ability required, opportunity for independent judgment, diversification of tasks, extent of multi-tasking, requirement to prioritize, etc.
Routine – Work consists of a few repetitive tasks. Little to no independent judgment is required.
Multi-tasked – Requires selection and application of several clearly prescribed policies/procedures. Limited opportunity for independent judgment.
Substantial – Substantially complex and diversified. May require data interpretation as well as application of most effective options. May require analytical skills. The management of multiple priorities is frequently required.
Multi-faceted – Work is broad in scope, non-standardized, requiring independent judgment and action as a routine. Multiple priorities are the norm. Responsible for addressing complex problems/challenges. Policy, procedure, and precedent frequently created at this level.
Highly Analytic or Specialized – Work is broad and far-reaching in its effects. Policy, procedure, and precedent are routinely created and approved at this level. Independent judgment is the routine nature of this job. Requires highly specialized skills and/or knowledge. Sets direction and priorities.
Check the extent to which the normal duties of the job require dealing with individuals outside of the organization, including the public, patient families, insurance companies, vendors, consultants, etc. Regular external contact is defined as contact that is required by the job and occurs on a regular basis
Patient contact only – infrequent or incidental other external contacts
Regular external contacts for the purposes of providing and/or receiving routine information
Regular external contact to research and resolve moderately complex complaints, questions, or problems
Regular external contact to research and resolve complex service or quality issues. Regular external contact to influence others, obtain approval, and/or cultivate relationships.
Regular external contact to influence others, obtain approval, or cultivate relationships with individuals or groups of major importance to the organization. Individual has primary responsibility for relationship.
Impacts of Decisions / Errors
Consider the importance and scope of decisions made as part of the normal job responsibilities of this position. Check only those consequences that are likely to occur, not the remote possibilities.
No impact on patients, finances, and organization. Errors are easily detected.
Minimal impact – minor inconvenience and/or discomfort. Financial impact usually less than $100
Limited impact – some consequence, discomfort, or minor injury. Treatment delays, extended stays, or comparable adverse effects are likely. Financial impact would be less than $1,000
Significant impact – Inadequate care or service would result in an extreme inconvenience or administrative problem or a moderate injury impacting recovery time. Financial impact would be less than $10,000
Serious impact – Inadequate care could result in serious injury or death. Decisions made at this level can affect the entire organization. Financial impact could be in thousands of dollars
Persuasion, Direction and/or Motivation of Others
Consider the extent to which the job requires the ability to persuade, direct, or motivate others to take the desired action. Do not include patient contact.
Infrequent contact with others
1 to 10% of time (1/2 hour up to 4 hours/week)
11 to 20% of time (more than 4 hours and up to 8 hours/week)
21 to 40% of time (more than 8 hours and up to 16 hours/week)
Over 40% of time (more than 16 hours/week)
Consider the amount of time typically spent over the course of one week planning for future events (more than 1 week away). Do not include planning own work or scheduling patients or appointments.
Less than 10% (less than 4 hours/week)
Less than 25% (less than 10 hours, more than 4 hours/week)
Over 25% (more than 10 hours/week)
Computer Knowledge and Skills
Check the box that indicates which computer skills/knowledge are required for this position and indicate what level of usage is required:
Health Information System
Dealing with Confidential Material (non-patient)
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Job does not have access to or use confidential information
Job has access to and routinely uses confidential information such as pay rates, data, or financial arrangements with customers/stakeholders.
Job has access to and uses confidential materials such as contracts, marketing strategies, and/or legal matters affecting the entire organization, etc.
Job has access to and uses confidential materials, the disclosure of which could have significant ramifications for the organization as a whole. Information is restricted to members of senior management.
Supervision and Direction of Others
Check the appropriate box indicating whether or not this individual has supervision responsibilities. If yes, please explain the type of responsibility (i.e., lead worker, manager) and number of people supervised.
None. No supervisory responsibilities
Lead Worker. Serves as resource for other employees
First Level Supervisor. Functions as a representative of management for a unit or sub-unit. May conduct or contribute to performance appraisals, assign employees, schedule time off, or determine work to be done. May not budget, hire, terminate, or discipline, but can make recommendations in these areas
Supervisor, Level II. Functions as a management representative for a work unit or sub-unit. Performs all duties listed above for Supervisor 1 and has budget responsibility and authority to hire, terminate, discipline, promote, and transfer. May make recommendations for changes in departmental policies/procedures
Supervisor, Level III. Functions as a management representative for two or more recognized units or subunits of the organization. Performs all duties listed above for Supervisor II. May supervise subordinate supervisors and is held accountable for performance of unit(s) supervised
Number of Employees Supervised
Identify the number of employees supervised. Include all employees who are directly and indirectly supervised. If
Multiple incumbents supervise different numbers of people; use the average in the position.
Physical Abilities or Environment
Briefly indicate any physical demands, exposures or environmental conditions this incumbent may be exposed to.
If none, write NONE
Carrying and lifting not more than 20 lbs., crouching, standing, sitting, kneeling, squatting, walking, hand/eye coordination and tool handling, operating controls, bending, climbing stairs, ladders and scaffolding.
Exposure and Environmental Conditions
For Clinical positions please list conditions associated to your area. bloodborne pathogens, bodily fluids, excrement, infectious diseases, infectious waste, odors, electrical hazards, chemicals, gases, etc.
THE FOLLOWING SECTION MUST BE COMPLETED. Please double-click the box for the option that applies:
Level 1 - shall have no access to PHI
Level 2 - shall have read-only access to demographic, scheduling, and diagnosis information
Level 3 - shall have read and write access to demographic, scheduling, and diagnosis information
Level 4 - shall have read-only access to demographic, scheduling, diagnosis, and encounter information.
Level 5 - shall have read and write access to demographic, scheduling, diagnosis, and encounter information.
Providers, including, but not limited to MDs, DOs, ARNAs, PAs, psychologists, and psychiatrists, shall have access to PHI as defined in the policy (above).
Nurses and allied health professionals shall have full access to the records for patients who are under the care of the provider for which they are working, while they are on duty, or relevant to their work assignment.
Briefly indicate this individual’s organizational relationships. If none, write NONE.
Director of Advanced Practice
Division Chief- Neonatology
Physicians, Nurses, Residents, Fellows, Respiratory Therapist, Social Work, Administration
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.
Nemours is a pediatric health system of hospitals and specialty clinics serving children and families throughout the Delaware Valley and Florida. Our dedicated professionals integrate medical care, research, health education, and prevention to help improve the lives of children every day.