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Principles & Practice
Refining Neurobehavioral Assessment of the High-Risk Infant Using the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale
Article first published online: 23 JAN 2012
© 2012 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 41, Issue 1, pages 17–23, January/February 2012
How to Cite
Sullivan, M. C., Miller, R. J., Fontaine, L. A. and Lester, B. (2012), Refining Neurobehavioral Assessment of the High-Risk Infant Using the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41: 17–23. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01322.x
- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 23 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: SEP 2011
- neurobehavioral assessment;
- preterm or premature infant;
- high-risk infant
Nurses caring for high-risk infants use advanced assessment skills to identify the nature of infant instability and to assure timely intervention. The NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS) is a comprehensive assessment of neurological integrity and behavioral function of infants at risk. Research evidence supports its validity and reliability for clinical and research use. The NNNS offers nurses a neurobehavioral assessment especially suited to high-risk and premature infants.