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Keywords:

  • NNNS;
  • neurobehavior;
  • neurobehavioral assessment;
  • preterm or premature infant;
  • neonatal;
  • high-risk infant

ABSTRACT

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.