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State of the State: NNP Program Update 2013

Bellini, Sandra DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CNE

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e3182a35a7e
Professional Growth and Development

Findings from a spring 2013 survey of neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) program directors are presented and concerning trends identified. Implications of these findings, in combination with other external factors influencing the supply/demand ratio on the stability of the NNP workforce nationwide, are explored. Present and future NNP workforce demands in relation to the educational programs available to prepare nurses for NNP practice are examined. Finally, discussion focuses on the politics and pragmatics of sustaining the NNP role for posterity.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and Neonatal Advanced Practice Program, University of Connecticut School of Nursing, Storrs.

Correspondence: Sandra Bellini, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CNE, Neonatal Advanced Practice Programs, University of Connecticut School of Nursing, 231 Glenbrook Rd, Storrs, CT 06269 (

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2013 by The National Association of Neonatal Nurses