The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and certification was founded and is maintained by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This program is specifically for individual hospital staff members who work with and/or care for newborns during the time of delivery. Eligible participants include physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists. Any number of these people may choose to train in neonatal resuscitation at their own discretion. If a person is not currently working as a hospital employee within one of those fields they will not be able to complete the program and receive certification.
The NRP certification is currently sponsored by the American Heart Association and has an interesting approach to learning. Students will study on their own time, independently. For those interested in the program they can order the appropriate material online from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Once an individual has their study tools it is up to them to self-learn and schedule a time to take the exam. For some people self-teaching is not a viable option, if this is the case there are multiple online resources that allow students to take short courses in preparation for the examine rather than relying on studying alone. The downside to this option is that participates may end up spending more than the certification is worth.
While learning the material and studying the textbook (whether in an online class or by one’s self) there are targeted areas that students must be proficient in. Chest compressions, medication, preterm resuscitations, and other important topics are essential to understanding the program content. These topics and more will also be covered on the NRP certification examination.
The program exam is available for students to take online rather than in a classroom setting. Once this process is completed, and the exam is passed, the next steps depend on the individual hospital where the student works. Employees must attend an in-person training session before a hospital will recognize them as having completed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. Whether or not a candidate is considered eligible to use their new found knowledge on the job will be at the discretion of the hospital where they work.
If an individual is interested in ordering study materials and taking the Neonatal Resuscitation examination they can find multiple resources at the American Academy of Pediatrics website: www.aap.org/nrp.
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