NRP-Neonatal Resuscitation Program F.A.Q.’S

Do course participants automatically receive continuing education credits for attending an NRP course?

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) developed the course materials, they do not automatically grant continuing education credits for NRP courses. There are several reasons for this. The organization jointly sponsoring the activity must be involved in all stages of planning. With more than 28,000 NRP instructors conducting courses throughout the world, it would be impossible for either the Academy or the AHA to meet this requirement. In addition, the number of actual hours spent in the course can vary significantly, depending on the format used by the course directors. Consequently, the instructors seeking joint sponsorship of their NRP courses must work with accredited organizations closer to home, such as the continuing education department of a hospital, medical school, nursing school, or state medical or nursing organization.

However, up to 9 continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and emergency medical service professionals can be received for completing the 6th edition online examination.

How do I identify or justify the need for NRP?

The NRP is designed for those who participate in neonatal resuscitation in the delivery and newborn nursery. The NRP courses are offered in community hospitals by Hospital-based Instructors or are provided as a service to community hospitals by the Regional Outreach Education Program.

In many institutions the NRP is conducted to:

. Improve the quality of neonatal resuscitation
. Meet performance expectations or attain hospital privileges or credentialing for staff who attend births or care for newborns
. Serve as a quality management strategy to improve the process and outcome of neonatal resuscitation
. Meet regulatory agency requirements for evidence of an education program that supports competency-based practice of neonatal resuscitation

Although Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) courses are appropriate for those who participate in resuscitations outside the delivery , the NRP also may be useful to pre-hospital providers who desire in-depth training specific to neonatal resuscitation.

I lost my NRP Provider card, how can I replace it?

To receive a replacement NRP Provider Course Completion Card, please contact the instructor of your course. He/she will be able to issue you a replacement card. If you are unable to locate the instructor, you can contact the Life Support staff for a letter of verification. Life Support staff can then determine if you were a participant in the course, however, the letter will not verify lessons completed. If you need verification of lessons completed, you must contact your lead instructor.

How Can I Access the Certificate for My 5th Edition Evaluation (offered through ExamWeb)?

If you completed the 5th Edition online evaluation (offered through ExamWeb), you have the ability to access and print your certificate of completion through December 31, 2013.  The ExamWeb site can be accessed at http://pediatrics.examweb.com/pediatricslogin/index.cfm.

Please note, learners no longer have the option to complete the 5th edition online evaluation via ExamWeb.  Beginning January 1, 2012, all learners are required to complete the 6th edition online examination offered through HealthStream.

What is the NRP Online Examination (6th Edition offered through HealthStream)?

The online examination replaces the written test, and will be hosted by HealthStream. Beginning January 1, 2012, providers will need to self-study the NRP Textbook, and complete the online examination prior to attending a course. Up to 9 hours of Continuing Education Credit will be offered for the examination for physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and emergency medical service professionals.

After online testing is complete, students receive a printout indicating which lessons have been successfully completed and the date of completion. The student will then present the printout within 30 days to the instructor for verification of completion. If the leaner fails one or more lessons on the online test, that lesson(s) may be retaken one time within 14 days. If a learner fails any lesson 2 or more times no printout is prepared and the learner must repay and must retake the entire exam. If you have any questions or issues, you may contact your HealthStream administrator or HealthStream Customer Support at: 1-800-521-0574, selection #3 or email: nrponline@healthstream.com. For purchasing questions, please contact HealthStream at 1-800-521-0574, selection #6.

Do NRP courses certify the learner as proficient in performing neonatal resuscitation?

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program™ is an educational program that introduces the concepts and basic skills of neonatal resuscitation. Completion of the program does not imply that an individual has the competence to perform neonatal resuscitation. Each hospital is responsible for determining the level of competence and qualifications required for someone to assume clinical responsibility for neonatal resuscitation. How can I verify the status of NRP Providers within our institution?

The Academy has developed confidentiality guidelines for NRP Providers. The Academy will not provide verification of status or personal information through a third party request. You will need to ask the provider for a copy of their NRP card. The card should provide you with their expiration date.

How can I verify the status of NRP Instructors or providers within our institution?

The Academy has developed confidentiality guidelines for Instructors and providers. The Academy will not provide verification of status or personal information through a third party request. You will need to ask the instructor or provider for a copy of their NRP card. The card should provide you with their expiration date.