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September 18, 2013
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NANN SmartBrief Special Report:
29th Annual Educational Conference
This special report highlights news about neonatal care relevant to NANN's 29th Annual Educational Conference, Innovations in Neonatal Care, which will take place Oct. 2 to 5 in Nashville, Tenn. The conference will include general sessions on advocacy, making a difference, trauma-informed care in the NICU and parental bonding in the NICU. Your colleagues can sign up for NANN SmartBrief, so please spread the word and share this e-mail.
Research 
  • Birth factors boost hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy risk
    A retrospective, case-controlled study in the journal Pediatrics found that gestational age was the only independent antepartum risk factor for neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Risk factors related to labor and delivery were thick meconium, abnormal cardiotocography, prolonged membrane rupture, failed vaccuum delivery, shoulder dystocia, tight nuchal cord and sentinel events. The study included data on the cases of 405 babies with encephalopathy and 293 babies without the condition. 2 Minute Medicine (9/9)
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Trends 
  • Breast milk banks help critically ill and premature infants
    Eleven nonprofit breast milk banks in the U.S. help sick and preterm babies at home and in hospitals when their own mothers' milk is not an option. Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas executive director Amy Vickers said newborns who weigh less than 3 pounds make up the largest portion of patients served by banks. The North Texas bank's first donor was a mother whose daughter died. Angela Mendoza didn't want to throw away her milk, and a nurse suggested donation. "It helped to know that we were doing something positive," Mendoza said. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (9/2)
  • Importance of bonding recalled at NICU reunion
    A 28-year-old woman was reunited with one of the nurses her family credits with helping to save her life as a premature infant at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Even in the NICU, nurse Chris Wallin said, the girl could recognize her father's voice, and Wallin helped him get over his fear of holding his tiny baby. Parents, former patients and clinicians gathered in a reunion of NICU graduates at the hospital. NICU staff "have a way to comfort and take care of these young parents," said Kimberly Mirchin, the grandmother of a year-old graduate of the NICU. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/7)
NANN Resources 
  • Get a group of NANN friends together and join NANN in Nashville, Oct. 2 to 5!
    If five or more NANN members from the same facility register for conference together you save $40 per registration! This year's annual conference will capture important components for you to offer the best, most innovated care to your tiny patients and their families. You will advance your clinical knowledge refine your skills and expand your neonatal nursing network. Earn up to 26.5 continuing nursing education contact hours by attending two preconference events, four general sessions, symposia, poster viewing, interprofessional sessions and more. Additionally, there will also be three corporate satellite symposia. Register now to experience the premier neonatal nurse's educational conference of the year. Learn more. Email this Story
  • Submit your abstract for NANN's 9th Annual Research Summit
    Do you want to make an impact with your research in the NICU? Submit your abstract for NANN's 9th Annual Research Summit being held in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 1 and 2, 2014. NANN's Research Summit provides a platform for individuals to present findings from their research and evidence-based practice projects. Supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition, the objective of the summit is to emphasize the fostering research effort of NANN's newest neonatal investigators as a means to grow and sustain the body of knowledge that helps guide nursing care for neonates and their families. The deadline to submit your abstract online is Oct. 15. Learn more. Email this Story
  • 2014 call for abstracts
    NANN’s Program Planning Committee invites submissions of abstracts to present at NANN's 30th Annual Educational Conference, Sept. 10-13, 2014 in Phoenix. The committee has recognized the need for topics that appeal to both the novice and expert neonatal nurse. Personal findings and research are highly encouraged. The following are suggested areas of interest: pharmacology, medication safety, developmental care, advances in research and implementation of evidence-based practice. Other topics will be considered. The deadline to submit is Monday, Nov. 4. Learn more. Email this Story
  

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