DNP in Neonatal Nursing

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The DNP in Neonatal Nursing program is designed to prepare the registered nurse as an Advanced Practice Nurse with specialized knowledge and skills to provide care for pre-mature and critically ill newborns through the first two years of life. Through coursework and practicum experiences, students develop expertise in assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute and chronic illnesses in this population across healthcare settings. Health promotion and development, family support, interprofessional collaborations, and evidence-based practice are emphasized. Students who successfully complete the DNP in Neonatal Nursing are eligible to take the national certification examinations that qualify them to assume roles as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Graduates are expected to contribute to the development of policies and practice models that promote evidence-based care for neonates.

The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has been preparing nurses for advanced and expert practice for over 100 years. Degree concentrations include DNP pathways for APNs with current NNP credentials and for those wishing to obtain initial NNP certification.


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DNP Neonatal Nursing
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Lisa Rinsdale, RN, DNP, CNE, PNP-BC, JD
Assistant Professor
Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies
920 Madison, #960
Memphis, TN 38163

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