Dr Jo Scott began her health care career in New Zealand as a Registered Nurse at the Wellington Womenís Hospital where she completed her Neonatal Intensive Care Certification. She relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii where she qualified as an operating room nurse prior to returning to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) setting at Kaisers Permanents Moanalua location. Following 6 years expanding her NICU skills and knowledge working at the Deaconess Medical Centre her family relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia where she achieved a Masterís of Science degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) focus from the University of Virginia while working as a lead clinician on the Newborn Intensive Care Transport System (NETS) for the University of Virginia Health System. Jo completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) via the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) while working at the Childrenís Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD) newborn and paediatric transport team. The focus of her research was non-accidental head injury in children under the age of one year. Jo continued with her post-graduate education at UAB and achieved a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) certification. She began her NNP career in the NICU at CHKD then relocated to Melbourne, Australia to take a position at the Royal Childrenís Hospital (RCH). At present, Jo is an NNP on the RCH Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Response (PIPER) team. She is presently undertaking research focused on critical transport team members response to infant death on transport.
Jo Scott is an active member of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurse (ACNN) NNP special interest group who are focusing their energy on promoting the role of the NNP in Australia. She is a member of the Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (FANNP) and recently presented the role of the NNP in Australia at the annual conference.