Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

PICC placement

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners serve as an integral part of the patient care team in the NICU at Vidant Medical Center. In conjunction with the Neonatologists, the practitioner group provides direct patient care to a wide variety of complex and critically ill infants hospitalized at Vidant Medical Center. There are three facets to their role, encompassing clinical care, research and education. An NNP training program has existed at Vidant Medical Center for more than 25 years. The Children’s Hospital Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program was established in 1979, and in January 1999 it merged with the East Carolina University School of Nursing to provide participants with a Masters Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration.


  • Direct patient care from admission to discharge
  • Delivery room resuscitation and stabilization
  • Central Line placement
  • Participation in transport of critically ill infants
  • Preceptor site for ECU School of Nursing MSN, NNP Program
  • Participation in outreach education and workshops
  • Participation in research projects
  • Planning the annual Advanced Practice and Transport Conference.


  • 16 NNP's on staff
  • Average NNP experience >10 years
  • >50% of staff are from Eastern NC
  • 100% of the NNP staff hold NCC certification
  • Staff rotations include 8 and 12 hour day shifts, 12 and 16 hour night shifts
  • Fully integrated electronic medical record
  • Protected educational time