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.