This one-of-a-kind learning resource for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner/CNS students in both academic and clinical settings is distinguished by its use of complex case studies to reinforce best practices in treating vulnerable neonatal patients. Based on applications and outcomes, the case study approach is a particularly effective method of enhancing critical thinking and clinical decision-making and fostering effective role transition in practice-based disciplines. Authored by leading NNP educators nationwide, these multi-faceted, unfolding case studies address and synthesize the most important content covered throughout the NNP curriculum.
Topics addressed include maternal/neonatal complexities, risk factors, neonatal disorders and emergencies by body system, health promotion/maintenance, communicating effectively with parents, and guidance on handling unexpected outcomes. Case studies progress from basic to complex, and each includes objectives, clinical pearls, and critical thinking questions. A robust instructor toolkit contains pedagogical strategies for facilitating online discussion, chapter conclusion quizzes, a variety of simulation experiences, and more.
- Uses a complex case-based learning approach for neonatal advanced practice nursing - the first book to do so
- Authored by leading NNP educators nationwide
- Provides 40-50 case studies synthesizing key content areas
- Helps prepare students for effective role transition
- Includes a robust instructor toolkit and can be used in online courses
Sandra Bellini DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CNE, is Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing and Coordinator, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program as well as Coordinator of the DNP program at University of Connecticut School of Nursing. In addition to her significant academic roles, she has been a practicing Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICUs at Connecticut Children's Medical Center and University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare from 1996 to the present. Dr. Bellini is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations on both academic and clinical topics and has received such notable awards as BSN to MSN organization's Top 100 Nursing Professors of 2012 and AWHONN's Reviewer of the Year for 2011.
Dr. Michele Beaulieu, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC is a full time neonatal nurse practitioner, as well as author, researcher and educator. Dr. Beaulieu graduated with her Doctor of Nursing (DNP) degree from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. In addition to her full time neonatal practice, Dr. Beaulieu has been the column editor for Pointers in Practical Pharmacology in Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, and co-investigator for several research studies. Her research interests include perinatal safety, extremely low birth-weight infants, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and the management of high-risk newborns in the delivery room.
Dr. Beaulieu has developed and taught online courses for master's neonatal nurse practitioner programs. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Delta Beta Chapter) and is actively involved in several neonatal and women's health professional organizations: Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (FANNP), Academy of Neonatal Nursing (ANN), Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the National League of Nurses (NLN).