Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S0041 / Neonatal Practice Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 17

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides routine-to-acute primary care, assessment, intervention, evaluation, and transport services to critically ill, convalescing, and/or chronically ill newborn infants within a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) setting.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides family centered primary medical management, in collaboration with licensed Neonatologists, to at-risk infants and their families within the NICU setting, as well as intra-transport by way of ground and/or air ambulance.
  2. Obtains detailed patient history, performs physical assessments, and interprets data; formulates and evaluates the outcome of medical care plans.
  3. Writes appropriate medical orders, to include orders for controlled substances, as required.
  4. Performs therapeutic interventions on an elective and/or emergency basis, including, but not limited to, endotracheal intubation, lumbar puncture, PICC lines, umbilical lines, and thoracostomy.
  5. Notifies attending physician on call, house physician on call, or supervising physician regarding any unusual or unexpected events or problems requiring direct physician consultation.
  6. Attends high-risk deliveries requiring expertise in delivery room resuscitation and stabilization; counsels families prior to delivery regarding anticipated events.
  7. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  8. Facilitates infant growth and development through the provision of family-focused and developmentally supportive care to infants at risk and their families.
  9. Guides, educates, and/or mentors pediatric residents, medical students, and other health care providers as appropriate; may participate in outreach education.
  10. Actively participates in daily patient rounds; documents patient status through appropriate use of admission H and P, daily progress notes, and discharge summaries.
  11. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure: National certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. OR Master's degree in Nursing or in Science with Physician Assistant Science emphasis; no previous work experience required. Certification/Licensure: National certification as Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant pending/eligible.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Knowledge of primary care principles and practices.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in technologies, techniques, issues, and approaches in area of expertise.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Skill in preparing and maintaining patient records.
  • Knowledge of family centered care concepts.
  • Ability to clearly communicate medical information to professional colleagues and the general public.
  • Foundation knowledge of anatomy and physiology principles.
  • Ability to collect, interpret, and analyze medical data, and to formulate, implement, and evaluate a plan of medical care.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to perform medical examinations and therapeutic interventions on infants, using standard medical procedures.
  • Knowledge of issues and trends in evidence-based practice related to the neonatology field.
  • Knowledge of neonatal transport procedures, standards, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics, their indications, contraindications, dosing, side effects, and proper administration.
  • Knowledge of appropriate billing codes, policies, and procedures.
  • Basic knowledge of computer operations and data entry.
  • Knowledge of neonatal intensive care principles, methods, practices, equipment, and standards.

Conditions of Employment

  • May be required to submit to annual TB and rubella screening.
  • UNM will provide Hepatitis vaccination, candidate may decline vaccination through declination form or may provide record of vaccination from previous employer.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • May be subject to credentialing process; must maintain credentialed status, if applicable.
  • Must maintain certification status.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.
  • CPR Certified.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work involves moderate physical effort; requires occasional handling and manipulation of equipment weighing in excess of 200 pounds.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 05/01/2024