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Highlights from NANN's History


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It’s a big year for NANN; we’re celebrating 35 years of making a difference for nurses, patients, and their families! From our beginnings in California in 1984 to nearly 8,000 members strong and over 30 local chapters, NANN is proud to stand behind the tens of thousands neonatal nurses and APRNs around the world providing care to the most vulnerable patients. We are eternally grateful for your membership, your loyalty, and your dedication to your profession and patients. You are what makes NANN great!


  • NANN's re-designed website launches with a new look, new features, and better accessibility for members.


  • NANN celebrates its 30th anniversary, growing to 8,200 members and 35 chapters.


  • The first small grants are awarded as a component of NANN's Research Institute.


  • MyNANN is launched, providing a private online social network for members to connect and share advice on practice topics.
  • NANNP conducts the first ever survey of the NNP workforce, a groundbreaking study that was repeated in 2014.
  • NANN establishes its Research Institute to advance neonatal nursing research and education.



  • ENews, NANN's electronic newsletter, begins publication six times a year and complements NANN Central, which is now published three times a year.


  • The newly formed Health Policy and Advocacy Committee develops NANN's first advocacy agenda.


  • NANNP, the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, is established as a membership division within NANN to organize and represent the professional and scholarly concerns of NNPs within NANN.


  • The first annual Research Summit is held to provide a forum for NANN members engaged in research to present their neonatal research or practice change outcomes and discuss them with other researchers from around the country and the world.


  • The Faces of Neonatal Nursing Photo Contest debuts, celebrating neonatal patients and families and the nurses who care for them.


  • NANN launches its new journal, Advances in Neonatal Care. Within 2 years, the highly successful journal is indexed in Index Medicus/MEDLINE.


  • NANN celebrates the first Neonatal Nurses Day, established by the New Jersey chapter of NANN.



  • NANN relocates its national offices to Chicago and celebrates its 15th anniversary.


  • goes live, providing around-the-clock access to resources and information.


  • Central Lines, NANN's quarterly member print publication, now called NANN Central, debuts.


  • The Management Special Interest Group is founded and is open to members who have management responsibilities.



  • The Robyn Main Excellence in Clinical Practice Award is established to recognize excellence in nursing practice, particularly demonstrated excellence in care involving difficult and/or unique patient, family, and/or staff situations.


  • The first chapter charter is issued to the South Florida Association of Neonatal Nurses.
  • The premier edition of the NANNewsletter is published.


  • NANN conducts its first national election for the board of directors.


  • NANN cosponsors three conferences during the year, collectively referred to as "The National Conferences of Neonatal Nurses," which in future years becomes NANN's Annual Educational Conference.


  • The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) is founded and incorporated in California.
  • The organizational work of the association is led by an interim board of directors consisting of Linda Bellig, Patricia J. Johnson, Tracy Karp, Donna Lee Loper, Linda McCollum, and Charles Rait.