Neonatal Intensive Care Subspecialty Nursing Program

Course Aim

This education program provides nurses with specialty knowledge and skill to effectively and safely care for critically ill neonates.

Program Overview

The Neonatal Intensive Care Subspecialty Nursing Program is an evidence-based paediatric curriculum focusing on competencies essential to care for critically ill neonates. The program includes both in-class and practical hands-on experiences to facilitate knowledge into practice. Integral to the learning is an emphasis on child- and family-centred care, and interprofessional collaboration.

Participants will gain knowledge and skills in the nursing assessment, care delivery, and evaluation of care related to neonates and infants in critical care settings. Participants will learn and apply supportive care measures relevant to neonatal patient populations including, but not exclusive to developmental care, patient and family education, bereavement and palliative care. At the end of the program, competency-based assessments will determine participants’ skills and abilities in essential practices such as neonatal assessment, central blood sampling and x-ray interpretation.

Program faculty includes SickKids expert facilitators and clinical mentors who work with nurse participants to support high quality programming.

Benefits for Participants:

Impactful Programming

Learn to effectively assess and manage care of critically ill neonates through interactive learning activities.

Case-based Curriculum

Build knowledge and desired skills by immersing in learner-centered curriculum focused on neonatal case studies and scenarios relevant to practice at your organization.

Immediate Application

Integrate learned skills and knowledge directly into your organization's clinical setting through mentorship and coaching by expert neonatal nursing faculty.

Benefits for Organizations:

Skilled Nursing Workforce

Position nursing staff to utilize critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the delivery of nursing care for critically ill neonates and infants.

Quality Paediatric Care

Enhance quality and safety of patient care delivery through nurses and teams with specialty knowledge in neonatal critical care.

Course Information:


10 days of interactive classroom curriculum.
On-site clinical coaching and mentorship is available according to organizational needs.


Nurses licensed to practice who:

  • Are interested in the specialized nursing care of neonatal patients in intensive care settings
  • Are providing nursing care for neonatal patients in intensive care settings
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