My hopes & dreams are linked to being a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. I want to be able to help people and the community. What is Neonatal Nursing? Neonatal nursing is a sub specialty of nursing that works with newborn infants born with a variety of problems ranging from prematurity, birth defects, infection, cardiac malformations, and surgical problems. The neonatal period is defined as the first month of life; however, these newborns are often sick for months. Neonatal nursing generally encompasses those infants who experience problems shortly after birth, but it also encompasses care for infants who experience long-term problems related to their prematurity or illness after birth. A few neonatal nurses may care for infants up to about 2 years of age. Most neonatal nurses care for infants from the time of birth until they are discharged from the hospital. An approximately 40,000 low-birth-weight infants are born annually in the United States. Because of significant medical advances and the efforts of physicians and nurses who provide for very vulnerable babies, survival rates are 10 times better now than they were 15 years ago. It would be a outrageous experience being able to keep a preemie baby alive and healthy. My job would be to feed, clothe, make sure I am monitoring specialized equipment, they are stable enough to breathe and be skilled in providing care for newborns in need of specialized attention. Neonatal nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses that care for premature and sick newborns in neonatal intensive care units (NICU), emergency rooms, delivery rooms, or specialty clinics. I want to make the parents of the infant(s) comfortable and well relieved that their baby will be fine. Neonatal nurse practitioners are also considered highly skilled, advanced practice nurses. As such, an advance level of education is required. The first step to becoming a NNP involves obtaining a RN license and working as an RN for a few years to achieve fundamental training. All advanced practice programs will include core curricula in embryology, neonatal physiology, advanced neonatal assessment, and neonatal pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. According to the National Salary Report, which is published by Advance for NPs & PAs, neonatal nurse practitioners earned $99,810 on average, while those who are part-time positions earned an average of $45.31 per hour.