Combining the roles of clinical nurse specialist and neonatal nurse practitioner: The experience in one academic tertiary care setting

Georgia R. Ditzenberger, Susan D. Collins, Sandra A. Banta-Wright

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The roles of clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) have originated and evolved to meet specific needs in the nursing and medical community. The CNS role was developed in response to the perception that patient care needed to be improved; the NNP role resulted from an acute shortage of physicians to provide neonatal medical management. While on the surface these two roles may appear to be vastly different, many facets of each may be effectively interfaced. The NNP-CNS practice at Doernbecher Neonatal Care Center is an example of successful convergence of the two roles. The implementation of the combined practice is described in this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-52
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1995



  • Advanced practice nursing
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Neonatal intensive care unit
  • Neonatal nurse practitioner

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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