Practice Competencies for Neonatal Therapists!

Practice Competencies for the Neonatal Therapist is a foundational, dynamic set of competencies established by the NANT Professional Collaborative (NPC) for neonatal therapists (NTs) and their mentors in Level II-IV NICUs.

It is peer-reviewed, interprofessional, and divided into 3 sections that are prefaced with recommendations and directions for intended use.

The sections include:

1) Fundamental Knowledge

Theoretical foundations for practice | Medical history | Equipment | Professional ethics | Assessment tools | Environment | Body systems

2) Core Competencies

Environment | Family | Sensory | Neurobehavior | Neuromotor and musculoskeletal | Oral feeding and swallowing

3) Interventions

Environmental management | Swaddled bathing | Diapering | Swaddling | Dressing | Positioning | Skin-to-skin | Non-pharmacological pain and stress management | Facilitating movement patterns | Facilitating sensory exposures | Lactation support | Oral care (OIT) | Non-nutritive sucking | Therapeutic tastes | Preparation for breast and bottle feeding | Breastfeeding | Bottle feeding

Additional Resources Include Acronyms; Competency Summary Report (for departmental use); References – separate document.

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