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Jessica L. Hilderbrand, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology



As a nurse practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cincinnati Children’s, I provide exceptional care to my tiny patients. I also help families through their child's hospitalization with information, support and evidence-based care.

Born prematurely, I spent a short time in the NICU. When I was around six weeks of age, I was unexpectedly admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). My parents always spoke highly of the care I received and explained that the staff's treatment and concern helped them through one of the most difficult and stressful times in their lives.

I first worked in the NICU at the hospital where I was born. I was able to work alongside nurses who had taken care of me during my short stay in the NICU. When I chose to further my career and become a nurse practitioner, I made the transition to the Cincinnati Children’s NICU, since it is one the top NICUs in the US.

While keeping in mind that each patient is different and requires an individualized plan of care, I use evidence-based practices to guide my decision-making. My goal each day is to make a difference in my patients' and their parents' lives and to help ease their adjustment to NICU life.

When I was a Registered Nurse Certified in Neonatal Intensive Care (RNC-NIC), I worked at the bedside as an RN. Later, I obtained my Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) certification from the National Certification Corporation (NCC) after completing my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at the University of Cincinnati.

I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and our Yorkshire terrier, Riley Rae, our little fur baby. My husband and I love traveling, working on home projects and spending time outdoors.

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