Linda Zaccagnini, RN, MSN, NNP

IPEP Clinician and Content Expert Faculty


Collaborator and Advisor: Difficult Prenatal Diagnosis

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Fetal Care Center
Boston Children's Hospital

Linda first became involved with IPEP when she participated in a PERCS Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) workshop.  She expanded her involvement by joining Dara Brodsky, MD as a facilitator for the Special Care Nursery & Newborn Nurseries (SCN/NBN) workshop.  Linda worked with her IPEP colleagues to develop an innovative educational program aimed at helping practitioners in the Advanced Fetal Care Center (AFCC) to counsel and support pregnant women and their partners when facing the prenatal diagnosis of a serious fetal condition.

“My advanced nursing practice places me on the front lines of educating and supporting families facing complex medical information and decisions in a spectrum of specialty situations.  The words we choose and how those words are communicated are carved into families’ memories for years to come.  This program is a wonderful opportunity to improve my skills, assist other practitioners in developing their skills and ultimately guide all our patients at very difficult times.”

In the fall of 2005, Linda joined the Advanced Fetal Care Center (AFCC) at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she cares for families with fetal anomalies.  She previously worked for many years as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Prior to earning her advanced practice degree, she was a staff nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the NICU as well as other clinical and administrative roles.

Linda received a Robert Kraft grant allowing her to attend the intensive bioethics course entitled “New Century, New Challenges” at Georgetown University.  She has coauthored/authored a chapter in the Manual of Neonatal Care on Discharge Planning as well as other research articles.  She has participated in many presentations including a multidisciplinary presentation at The American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities on “What Should Down’s Syndrome Prenatal Counseling Look Like," the International Fetal and Maternal Medicine conference "Difficult Conversations in Prenatal Care: A Simulation Film-Based Pedagogical Approach."  Linda was honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.