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Conference Schedule: Saturday, October 20

NANN's conference concludes with the member business meeting, hot-topic sessions, and a closing session on practicing with purpose.

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Business Meeting (NANN members only)

9:30 am - 9:45 am

Movement Break

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Bugs and Drugs 10.0. Shake-Ups in Neonatal Infections and the Use of Antimicrobial Agents (301) CE: 1

Amy R. Koehn, NNP-BC PHD

Neonatal sepsis remains a grave concern in the NICU. Variations in delivery of antimicrobial therapies for these infections can contribute to the development of antimicrobial resistant organisms (AROs).  AROs are a significant risk to the neonate due to both the virulence of the microbe and the paucity of approved therapies for AROs for the neonate. The presence of AROs is changing the landscape of antimicrobial therapies, and the neonatal APN and RN must be knowledgeable about current therapies and alterations to these therapies imposed by the presence of AROs. Following a review of common microbes found in the NICU and the existing therapies, case-based exemplars are used to demonstrate the complexity of decision-making practices around sepsis evaluations and therapy in the presence of AROs.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe bacterial classifications and current first-line antimicrobial therapies used in treatment.
  2. Demonstrate how microbial resistance develops within bacterial classifications.
  3. Apply information about bacterial classification and antimicrobial-resistant therapies using NICU case-based exemplars.
  4. Evaluate the neonatal APN and RN roles in preventing the emergence of antimicrobial resistance using NICU case-based exemplars.

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Beyond NRP: Providing Better Resuscitation in the NICU (302) CE: 1

Elizabeth S. Schierholz, MSN NNP

The 'Golden Hour' after birth is critical to the outcome of each infant requiring resuscitation. Updates to the Neonatal Resuscitation Program based on current research have primarily focused on care of the 'newly born' infant during this period of time. Some of these infants have a subsequent event in the days, weeks and months after birth that requires resuscitation. Resuscitation events in the NICU are generally unanticipated. We know far less about these events and how to educate, prepare and respond effectively. This session will review recent NPR changes based on the 2015 ILCOR recommendations that apply to infants in the NICU those who are no longer in the delivery room, discuss research that investigates resuscitation events in the NICU, discuss lessons that can be learned from Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) that apply to infants in the NICU and discuss studies that evaluate both our competency and team work in resuscitation events.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe 2015 updates to NRP that apply to the infant outside the delivery room.
  2. Identify common barriers to teamwork in resuscitation events.

 9:45 am - 10:45 am

March of Dimes Session (303) CE: 1

Information coming soon.

10:45 am - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Stepping up to Bedside Evidence-Based Practice: How to Provide Care for NICU Patients Based on the Best Available Evidence (304) CE: 1

Bobby Bellflower, NNP-BC

This session will discuss evidence-based practice by nurses and Advanced Practice RNs (APRNs) at the bedside. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a buzz word in the literature and is talked about frequently, but many RN and APRNs do not really understand what is involved in EBP. Understanding and practicing EBP may enhance patient care and might prevent harm. This session will define EBP and discuss the steps of EBP. Although EBP is important, nurses need to understand the reasons for EBP and how to practice based on current evidence. Providing an atmosphere that encourages and enhances EBP is important as well as providing excellent care at the bedside.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define evidence-based practice.
  2. Identify the steps of evidence-based practice.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Gift of Time: Perinatal Palliative Care and Hospice (305) CE: 1

Marianne F. Chybik, APRN MS RNC

Perinatal palliative care and hospice is a specialty subset of care that address the needs of neonates with life limiting conditions. Most clinicians do not receive training in ways to support their patients and families. This session will address current best practices and resources available for neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the resources available for health care professionals to support neonates with life limiting conditions and their families.
  2. Define perinatal palliative care and hospice.
  3. Identify the challenges in providing perinatal palliative care.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Preventing Growth Failure: Nutritional Requirements of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant (306) CE: 1

Mindy Morris, DNP, NNP-BC, CNS

Research demonstrates growth failure is associated with poor neurodevelopmental outcomes and the current rate of growth failure for the VLBW infant is 50% and that we have the knowledge and tools to reduce growth failure and thereby improve neurodevelopmental outcomes. Consistent application of essential processes and tools throughout the NICU experience is essential in reducing growth failure.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify two immediate nutritional needs for the extremely preterm infant after birth.
  2. Describe two standardization tools to support appropriate nutritional delivery to the preterm infant throughout the NICU experience.

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Closing General Session: Power of Purpose (GSIII) CE: 1

Kevin W. Sowers, MSN RN FAAN

This session will have individuals reflect upon the power of purpose and the role that passion, partnership and personal accountability plan in our individual and team success.