Because of the need to evaluate performance skills of course participants, one instructor for every three to four participants is recommended.
The required instructional materials are:
Providers are required to self-study the Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 6th Edition, and complete the online examination through HealthStream within 30 days before attending a Provider Course.
Instructor-learner contact is focused on interactive learning, immersive simulation, and constructive debriefing. The course consists of the Performance Skills Station, an Integrated Skills Station, and Simulation and Debriefing.
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 24,000 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.
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.