ArticlesThe Role of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in Post NICU Follow-upBeal, Judy A. DNSc, RN, PNP; Tiani, Teresa B. CS, BSHSA, IBCLC; Saia, Theresa A. MS, RN, CS; Rothstein, Elaine E. MS, RN, CS, CCEAuthor Information Professor of Nursing & Director of Research, Simmons College, Graduate School for Health Studies, Boston, Massachusetts Clinical Nurse and Lactation Consultant, Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, Massachusetts Clinical Nurse and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Town Center Pediatrics, Southborough, Massachusetts The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: June 1999 - Volume 13 - Issue 1 - p 78–89 Buy Abstract This descriptive correlational study explored the role of neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) in postneonatal intensive care unit follow-up. A random sample of 505 NNPs completed a researcher-developed instrument pretested for reliability and validity. There was overwhelming agreement (96%) that a role exists for NNPs in follow-up. In total, 52% felt qualified to provide follow-up and 22% were currently in the role. NNPs with previous primary care experience (P = 0.010) were more involved in follow-up. NNPs with additional certification (P = 0.016) or previous primary care experience (P = 0.003) felt more qualified to provide follow-up care. Facilitators and barriers to the role were identified by NNPs providing follow-up care. Copyright © 1999 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.