New Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board (NTNCB) launched.
Over the last 20 years, the roles of physical, occupational and speech therapists have evolved and today's neonatal therapist is an integral and important member of the interdisciplinary team who delivers care to the premature and fragile newborn in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). As the focus on improved outcomes for NICU patients grows, the role of the skilled and competent neonatal therapist has never been more important. In this advanced practice setting, the time for a standard of competence and excellence has arrived.
This 13-member committee has been charged with developing a certification process to acknowledge physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists who have advanced knowledge related to providing therapy services in the neonatal intensive care unit. This certification will also provide a framework for therapists new to the neonatal intensive care unit by defining a process for acquisition of appropriate skills and knowledge. For the past two years, the NTNCB has defined a process that will lead to a successful, evidence-based, psychometrically sound, and appropriate certification for neonatal therapists.
More information can be found on our website at www.ntncb.com
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