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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program

Posted: Sept. 1, 2008

The School of Nursing is proud to announce a new graduate program of study that will begin in the Fall of 2009. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program is a 48-credit Master of Science program that prepares graduates to notice, interpret, and respond to emerging crisis of high-risk preterm and term neonates from birth through the first two years of life. Emphasis is placed on patient stabilization, minimizing complications, restoring maximal health through prevention of disease and disability, and the provision of family-centered care in consultation and collaboration with the multidisciplinary health care team.

The Director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program is Marlene Walden, PhD, RN, NNP-BC, CCNS. Dr. Walden, a recent addition to the faculty at the SON, comes to the University of Texas at Austin with over 31 years of neonatal nursing experience, including 26 years as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She is active professionally in promoting high quality standards in neonatal nursing practice and education. Dr. Walden has been the recipient of several awards of distinction for excellence in the areas of patient care, teaching, nursing research, and professional organizational service. In 1997, Dr. Walden received her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin and her dissertation on pain assessment in extremely preterm neonates was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Dr. Walden is a frequent invited speaker at national conferences and has authored/co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is currently the co-editor of the Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care.