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NURSING SPECIALITIES KEY :

• Minimum Education required
Certification credential
• Certifications required
• Possible employment
• Reference / Resources
• Experience needed
Professional Organization
Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse NICU nurses provide 24-hour care for premature or ill newborns ( and their families ), including assessment , feeding , developmental care , treatments , medications , continuous monitoring and neonatal transport . Nurses manage these critically ill infants including those that require cardio-respiratory support , mechanical ventilation , post-operative care and complex drug infusions . NICU nurses support and educate the newborn ’ s family and act as patient advocates . With graduate preparation and additional certification , neonatal nurses can become advanced practice nurses as Neonatal Nurse Practitioners ( NNP ) or Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialists ( NCNS ).
• ASN / ADN ( BSN preferred )
• RNC-NIC , RNC-LRN
• 24-months specialty experience as a U . S . or Canadian RN comprised of a minimum of 2,000 hours . ( This must have occurred sometime in your career .) Specialty experience can be comprised of direct patient care , education , administration or research . Employment in the specialty must have occurred sometime in the last 24 months . Both practice time and hours must be met .
RNC-NIC , RNC-LRN
• Hospitals ( Acute Care settings )
• National Association of Neonatal Nurses ( www . nann . org )
• Academy of Neonatal Nursing ( www . academyofneonatalnursing . org )
Nephrology Nurse Assists patients with kidney diseases or disorders , including dialysis , management of the disease and any subsequent rehabilitation .
• ASN / ADN ( BSN preferred )
• CNN , CDN , and CNN-NP administered by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission
• 3,000 hours experience in nephrology nursing within three years
CNN , CDN , CNN-NP
• Acute / critical care in hospitals , nephrology / dialysis clinics , transplant units and home care
• American Nephrology Nurses ’ Association ( www . annanurse . org )
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