Terri Jo Peterson, ARNP

Terri Jo Peterson, ARNP is a board-certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Peterson’s specialty is in Neonatology and she spends her time in Finley’s Family Birthing Suites working with newborns in the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and newborn nursery. Peterson has a master’s degree from College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN.

Peterson’s care philosophy is to be up front and honest with parents about their child’s treatment. Outside of work, Peterson enjoys sewing, scrapbooking, fused stained glass, crafts, knitting and crocheting.

What is an Apgar score?

November 17, 2015

As a neonatal nurse practitioner, the Apgar score is the tool I use to assess how the newborn tolerated labor and delivery and also tells me how much help the infant needs to adjust to the world outside the uterus. Virginia Apgar invented the Apgar score in 1952 as a method to quickly determine the health of newborn infants. Dr. Apgar was an anesthesiologist who developed the score in order to determine the effects of obstetric anesthesia on babies.