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Neonatal Advanced Practice Nursing

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A Case-Based Learning Approach


  • Sandra Bellini DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CNE
  • Michele Beaulieu DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC
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This one-of-a-kind learning resource for neonatal nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist students, in both academic and clinical settings, uses complex case studies to reinforce the best practices in treating vulnerable neonatal patients. Based on applications and outcomes, the case study approach develops critical thinking and clinical decision making and fosters effective role transition in practice-based disciplines. Authored by leading neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) educators, these multifaceted, unfolding case studies address and synthesize the most important content covered throughout the NNP curriculum. Additional audiences for this book include interprofessional staff working in Level II and Level III nursery settings.

Beginning with case studies for identifying maternal risk factors, and culminating in case studies for communicating with parents, this text shows a holistic view of caring for neonatal patients. Chapters organized by body system address diseases and disorders and prompt the reader for diagnosis and treatment. Progressing from basic to complex, case studies include objectives, clinical pearls, and critical thinking questions. A robust instructor’s toolkit contains pedagogical strategies for facilitating online discussion, chapter conclusion quizzes, a variety of simulation experiences, and a downloadable image bank is available.


  • Uses a complex case-based learning approach for neonatal advanced practice nursing--the first book to do so
  • Authored by leading NNP educators
  • Provides 40 to 50 case studies synthesizing key content areas
  • Helps prepare students for effective role transition
  • Includes a robust instructor's toolkit and image bank that can be used in online courses

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 21, 2016
  • Page Count 544
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826194152
  • EISBN 9780826194169

About The Author(s) 

Sandra Bellini, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CNE, is an associate clinical professor who holds National Certification Corporation (NCC) certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) and National League for Nursing certification as a nurse educator. Her current position is coordinator for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. She has published and presented at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Dr. Bellini also serves as a reviewer for several journals and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Nursing for Women's Health, an Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses journal. Dr. Bellini has 28 years of neonatal nursing experience at both the staff and advanced practice levels. Her current joint-appointment position incorporates 20% full-time equivalent (FTE) in clinical practice as an NNP at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Bellini is also a certified regional trainer for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and a lead instructor for the STABLE Transport Program.

Michele J. Beaulieu, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC, is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Johns Hopkins/All Children's Hospital. She is also an author and educator. Dr. Beaulieu graduated with her doctor of nursing (DNP) degree from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to her full-time neonatal practice, Dr. Beaulieu has been the column editor for ";Pointers in Practical Pharmacology" in Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, author and expert reviewer of various peer-reviewed manuscripts and books, and is the coinvestigator for several research studies. Her research interests include perinatal safety, extremely low-birth-weight infants, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and the management of high-risk newborns in the delivery room. Dr. Beaulieu has developed and taught clinical and online courses for undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, including those at the University of Connecticut. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Delta Beta chapter) and is actively involved in several neonatal and women's health professional organizations, among them, the Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners.

Table of Contents 



Foreword by Elena Bosque, PhD, ARNP, NNP-BC



An Overview of the Text


Assessing Maternal History and Neonatal Presentation Through Case-Based Learning

1 Identifying Maternal Risk Factors and Influence on Fetal Risk

Cheryl Riley and Lori Baas Rubarth

2 Identifying Maternal Conditions Affecting Altered Embryologic Development

Cheryl B. Robinson and Donna Campbell Dunn

3 Identifying Factors Influencing Neonatal Transition

Jacqui Hoffman

4 Assessing Growth Parameters in the Newborn: Identifying Abnormal Findings

Leanne M. Nantais-Smith and Carolyn J. Herrington

5 Fitting All the Pieces Together: A Summary of Formulating a Differential Diagnosis Based on Assessment Findings

Suzanne Staebler


Diseases/Disorders by Body System

6 Respiratory System Cases: Differential Diagnosis for Respiratory Distress in the Newborn

Mary Beth Bodin

7 Cardiovascular System Cases

Lyn Vargo and Daphne A. Reavey

8 Neonatal Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose, and Throat System Cases

Roxanne R. Stahl

9 Hematologic System Cases

Catherine Witt

10 Neurologic System Cases

Bresney Crowell

11 Dermatology Cases

Amy Jnah, Desi Newberry, and Tracey Bell Robertson

12 Fluids, Electrolytes, and Nutrition Cases

Patricia J. Johnson

13 Gastrointestinal Cases

Mary Beth Whalen

14 Infectious Diseases Cases

Karen Wright

15 Musculoskeletal System Case Studies

Kathryn R. McLean and Maureen F. McCourt

16 Inherited Metabolic Disorders and Endocrine Disease

Elena Bosque


Health Care Maintenance and Role Preparation Through Case-Based Learning

17 Health Promotion: Newborn Through the First Year of Life

Bobby Bellflower

18 Developmental Care and Optimizing Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in the Preterm and Critically Ill Infant

Susan M. Quinn and Kimberly Knoerlein

19 Complex Social Histories and Communicating With Parents: Critical Conversations for Sensitive Situations

Terri A. Cavaliere and Ana Arias-Oliveras

20 The Use of Simulation in Neonatal Advanced Practice Education: Case-Based Learning at Its Best

Desiree A. Diaz and Joan Esper Kuhnly

Afterword: Part One

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Role Transition

Regina M. Cusson

Afterword: Part Two

Purposeful Plan for Lifelong Learning

Jacqueline M. McGrath