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Implementing Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)®

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Training to Support Implementation

Last Updated

June 2011


Requirements for Program Certification

Agencies are considered official NFP implementing agencies only after the implementation plan they submit is deemed by NFP to be ready to launch and a formal contract is signed by the agency and NFP NSO.

Before a contract is offered to a prospective implementing agency, program development staff from the NFP NSO engage in a formal due diligence process with the prospective implementing agency. During this process the agency: (1) demonstrates a community need for NFP services and a plan to coordinate with any other home visitation programs serving low-income families; (2) provides NSO with the number of low-income, first-time births in the catchment area per year; (3) identifies a plan for the sound financing of the program; (4) articulates its experience with innovative programs; (5) demonstrates community support for NFP or the potential of that support; (6) identifies its ability to coordinate with existing health and human services programs; (7) demonstrates the ability to establish a highly effective referral procedure, ensuring an adequate number of voluntary enrollments in the program; and (8) demonstrates the ability to recruit and retain qualified registered nurses.


Pre-Service Staff Training

NFP NSO requires that nurse home visitors complete three core education sessions, in both distance and face-to-face training formats. The sessions take place over a nine-month time frame.

Nursing supervisors must complete the same core education sessions as the nurse home visitors. Additionally, they must complete four introductory education sessions designed for supervisors, including two face-to-face sessions.


In-Service Staff Training

Supervisors are provided with topical web-based team meeting modules to be used for conducting education based on the needs of their nursing teams. Supervisors are guided by the NFP Nurse Consultant to create professional development plans for each nurse home visitor, and to utilize the expertise of other professionals in their communities to meet unique team learning needs. Supervisors are required to attend an annual supervisors’ meeting in Denver, Colorado, that is designed to foster knowledge and skills specific to their role, and keep them current with best practices in the model.


Training Materials

Training materials are available through NFP NSO and are provided to attendees during introductory education sessions.


Qualified Trainers

Training is provided by NFP NSO nurse educators who meet education competencies established by the National League of Nursing.


Technical Assistance

NFP NSO provides ongoing coaching and consultation to NFP nursing supervisors through nurse consultants to implementing agencies. NFP NSO has established regional service teams consisting of a program developer, nurse consultant, and regional quality coordinator. Every state is assigned to one of these consultation teams. In addition, technical support provided by NFP NSO includes the following nine areas: (1) orientation to the model and its implementation and evaluation requirements; (2) community planning; (3) selection of implementation agency or entity; (4) staff recruitment, retention, consulting development, education and coaching; (5) program implementation; (6) continuous quality improvement; (7) research; (8) evaluation; and (9) contracts.



The information contained on this page was last updated in June 2011. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the Nurse Family Partnership National Service Office on June 17, 2011. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.