Does anyone hold additional certifications related to Neonatal nursing?

  1. Hey,

    Do any of you have any certifications or education/positions related to Neonatal nursing? Lactation consultants? Childbirth educators? La Leche league team leaders? Certified Infant Massage Instructors? NCC or ANCC certifications? Do any of you teach classes, formally or otherwise? Infant care? CPR? NRP?Would you mind sharing what they are and how/why you got them? Thanks!
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  3. by   prmenrs
    I did have an RN, "C" once, but I let it lapse. I think that one IS a good idea. ANCC is thru ANA, I thnk, that would require a BSN and I don't have one.

    We were required to have NRP and CPR in my old job, and I'm still required to have them and keeep them current in my new job. Most of the nurses there are ALS certified, and must be current. They also go to a "cat lab" every so often to practice intubating. [don't get riled, the cats are anesthetized and kept quite comfortable]

    I would have like to get lactation certification, but it is VERY expensive, at least here.

    My belief is that the more versatile you are, the more you can contribute to the unit. And, it doesn't look bad on the resume, either. The powers that be can never say you aren't interested in your specialty!
  4. by   magRN
    Yes, Bereavement Coordinator....Resolve Through Sharing.
  5. by   iceNICUnurse
    No but I would love to become a NNP, maby I will someday but that means moving to the US and that is a lot of hassle....exams and paperwork to kill you!
  6. by   RN from OZ
    I am and RN with a masters degree in neonatology.
    I am a lactation consultant..the hospital sent us on that course fully paid.
    2 days a week I go on home visits to follow up our Discharged premmies..wgt, assist with feeds, and O2 setup. I had to get a community nursing certificate to do that job.
  7. by   NurseDianne
    I have my PALS, NRP and PCEP.......as an LPN no one cares much that I have these certs. and keep them updated. Which is exactyly why I'm in the RN program now.......10 months and counting...........
  8. by   NICU_Nurse
    I'm not familiar with PCEP- could you explain that one, please?
  9. by   webbiedebbie
    NRP and BLS are required at my job. ACLS if in L&D. I plan to become a Lactation Consultant. My manager is sending me to a seminar at the end of August. I then plan to get my CLC and then continue with a BSN in Lactation Consulting. I would like to start my own practice is this. Currently, my hospital uses a Lactation Consultant from the Health Department. She is not a nurse. (Cheaper this way). So, I don't see myself working in the hospital in a position as a Lactation Consultant.

    Most hospitals only use a Lactation Consultant on the day shift. That seems redundant to me. Lactation Consultants should be available inhouse 24 hours a day! Again, money is the issue.
  10. by   babynurselsa
    I am an RTS bereavement counselor, I have a certificate as a certified breastfeeding educator, Picc cert from bard. Of course I have BLS, ACLS, NRP, and PALS.
  11. by   NICU_Nurse
    Would any of you mind sharing how you decided what certifications to pursue and how or what you had to do to get them? For all of us new, over-achieving-type nurses?
  12. by   NICU_Nurse
    I have been searching all over the internet!!! Does Resolve Through Sharing actually have a web site? An official one, I mean?
  13. by   nicudaynurse
    Did you read the May/June issue of Neonatal Network? There is an article called "A Bereavement Model for the Intensive Care Nursery" and it does make reference to the RTS program. Not sure if these websites are exactly what you are looking for, but they may be helpful:

    1) www.gundluth.org/web/ptcare/Bereavement.nsf.
    2) www.centering.org
  14. by   gypsyatheart
    Hi there!
    I'm a "new" poster, but have been a "lurker" for months and months! I'm primarily an L&D nurse...more maternal/child really, as I've also been working L&D and Peds last several yrs. Just the beginning of this yr I started working in a Level3 NNICU. I, like most if you, have BLS,ACLS,NALS,PALS, also AHA Instructor and teach Infant/toddler CPR. I teach Prepared Childbirth classes once a month, also. As you can probably tell, I love to teach!
    I really enjoy this forum and all of your posts!

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