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From the Cardiac Preconference through the Closing General Session, NANN's 34th Annual Conference offers something for every neonatal nurse.

Wednesday Schedule | Thursday Schedule | Friday Schedule | Saturday Schedule

Wednesday, October 17

Cardiac Preconference

7:30 am - 11:30 am

Welcome to the World of Cardiac Acronyms! TOF, TAPVR, TGA, PDA, CHF, PPHN (and the list goes on) Making Sense of the Physical Exam Clues and Where all of that Rearranged Plumbing Goes! CE: 4

Kristine A. Karlson, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC

APRN Summit

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

NANNP Luncheon and Business Meeting (NANNP Members Only) (NANNP)

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

APRN Summit (SUMMIT) CE: 4

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

President's Reception


Thursday, October 18

8:00 am - 9:45 am

General Session 1: The New R.N.’s (r)Evolution: How to Survive and Succeed Using Empowerment CE: 1

Cristina Carballo-Perelman, MD

9:45 am - 10:00 am


10:00 am - 11:00 am

2018 Neonatal Evidence-based Skin Care Guide (101) CE: 1

Joanne Kuller, RN BSN MS
Co-Authors: Debra Brandon, PhD, MSN, BSN; Lauren Heimall, MSN, RNC-NIC, PCNS-BC; Carolyn Lund, RN, MS, FAAN; Tom McEwan, MSc, PgDip (ANNP), RM; Karen New, RN, PhD

NAPNAP Presentation: Primary Care Follow-Up of the NICU Graduate (102) CE: 1


Sleep Protection in the NICU (103) CE: 1

Terrie Lockridge, MSN RNC-NIC

Neonatal Hypoglycemia and Dextrose Gel as a New Emerging Treatment Modality (110) CE: 1

Kristine Karlsen, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC

11:00am - 1:00pm

Light Lunch in Exhibit Hall

2016 Small Grant Recipient Presentations CE: 1.5

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Small Grant Recipient: The Neonatal Eating Assessment Tool (NeoEAT) - Bottle feeding: Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties (104) CE: 0.5

Brit Pados, NNP-BC, PhD, RN

Small Grant Recipient: Comparing Workplace Stress among Nurses in Single Family Room and Open Bay Design Neonatal Intensive Care Units (104) CE: 0.5

Melinda C. Brand, PhD, RN, NNP-BC

Small Grant Recipient: Improving Thermoregulation in our Low Birth Weight Population in the Golden Hour (104) CE: 0.5

Milena Frazer, BS-RNC
Co-Author: amy Ciarlo, BS-RNC

Paper Session Group 1 CE: 1.5

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

An Educational Greenhouse: Using Communication & Teamwork to Rapidly Transform a NICU Nurse into a Successful Acute Care Cardiology Nurse (105) CE: 0.5

Rachel Leva

Developmental Care: In the NICU and Beyond (105) CE: 0.5

Lauren Long, BSN, RNC-NIC
Co-Authors: Hannah E. Malone, RN

Using Noldus Observer®XT and ®Tableau10.3.1 Software for Intensive Case Analysis Examining the Association between Daily Care Procedures and the Trajectory of Body Temperature in VLBW Infants (105) CE: 0.5

Jane Ralphe, RN, MSN, PNP, NNP-BC
Co-Author: Robin B. Dail, PhD, RN, FAAN

Paper Session Group 2 CE: 1.5

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Intimate Partner Violence and the NICU: How are Nurses Prepared to Respond? (106) CE: 0.5

Kathleen Ellis, PhD RN

The Effect of the Nurse Work Environment on Mortality of Very Low Birth Weight Infants (106) CE: 0.5

Elizabeth S Schierholz, MSN NNP

Healthcare Providers Needs and Preferences in Kangaroo Care Devices: A National Survey (106) CE: 0.5

Ashley M. Weber, PhD, RN
Co-Author: Yamile Jackson, PhD PE PMP

Paper Session Group 3 CE: 1.5

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

NANN Research Summit Presentations - Supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition

Neonatal Nurses Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Two-Month Immunizations

Janelle Macintosh, RN, PhD

Infant Illness Severity and the Development of Post-traumatic Stress in the NICU

Kathryn J. Malin, MSN, NNP-BC, APNP

Psychometric Validation and Generalizability of the Withdrawal Assessment Tool (WAT-1) for NICU Patients

Julie Long, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

SIG Roundtable

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

New NNP Roundable

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Health Policy and Advocacy Roundtable

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

How to Communicate and Support Parents More Effectively in the NICU (107) CE: 1

Linda Merritt, MSN RNC-NIC
Co-Authors: Kelli Kelley, Keira Sorrels

To Close or Not To Close: Current Trends in the Management & Treatment of Patent Ductus Arteriousus (108) CE: 1

Moni Snell, MSN RN NNP-BC

Making a U-Turn in the NICU: Creating Change to Promote Infant-driven Feedings and Sustainable Use of Human Milk (109) CE: 1


Behavioral Intervention in Conjunction with Maternal Participatory Guidance Improves Preterm Infant Outcomes (112) CE: 1

Rosemary White-Traut, PhD, RN, FAAN

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Reception in Exhibit Hall

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

NANN After Dark


Friday, October 19

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Premature Birth and Neonatal Illness May Contribute to Childhood and Adult Kidney Disease (201) CE: 1

Bobby Bellflower, NNP-BC

Fundamentals of NICU Surgical Nursing: Tracheoesophageal Fistula and Esophageal Atresia (202) CE: 1

Tamara Meeker, MSN NNP-BC CRNP

Advocacy Session: The Role of the Neonatal Nurse in Public Policy and Advocacy (203) CE: 1

Christine Murphy

3rd Annual March of Dimes Presentation: Talking About My Generation (211) CE: 1

Heather Lyman, BSN, RN, CCRN

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Break in Exhibit Hall

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

General Session II: The Surprising Value of a Physical Assessment in the Age of Technology (GSII) CE: 1

Janelle Aby, MD

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Interprofessional Education Sessions

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (204) CE: 2

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blasting off: The NASA Initiative at Tucson Medical Center (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Annex) (204A) CE: 0.5

Elizabeth Burcin, RNC-NIC MS
Co-Author: Cami Barr, BSN, RNC-NIC

Better Bottoms: Using an Evidence-Based Protocol to Prevent and Manage Diaper Dermatitis for Infants with NAS (204B) CE: 0.5

Terrie Lockridge, MSN, RNC-NIC

Factors Associated with Use of Neonatal Medication-Assisted Treatment, Hospital Length of Stay, and Hospital Cost among Neonates Born to Opioid Dependent Mothers (204C) CE: 0.5

Lisa Scott, MSN, NNP-BC, RN

National Epidemic of Neonatal Drug Exposure (204D) CE: 0.5

Sandra Sundquist-Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A Risk-based Approach to Early-onset Sepsis: To Treat or Not to Treat (205) CE: 2

Linda A. Wynsma, RNC-NIC, MSN, CNS
Mandhir Gupta, MD
Arlene Pilarca, RNC-MNN
Julie Chen, PharmD, BCPS

Life after the NICU: It's Not What You Think (206) CE: 2

Mindy Morris, DNP, NNP-BC, CNS
Ginny Shaffer
Karin Mitchell, MA CCC-SLP CNT CLE

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

The Nurse Narrative (207) CE: 1

Lorraine Dickey, MD, MBA

Parenteral Nutrition-Associated Liver Disease: Best Practices for IV Lipids in the NICU (208) CE: 1

Frances Strodtbeck, FAAN,NNP-BC,PHD,RN

Managing the Patient with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) at the Bedside: Risk factors, Pathophysiology and Treatment Strategies to Optimize Outcomes (209) CE: 1

Mary Whalen, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC
Co-Authors: Michele J. Beaulieu, DNP, NNP-BC, ARNP; Sandra L. Bellini, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CNE

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Bonus General Session: Minimally Invasive Fetal Surgery for Neural Tube Defects (BSG) CE: 1

Jimmy Espinoza, MD, MSc, FACOG


Saturday, October 20

Corporate Satellite Symposium

8:30 am - 9:30 am

NANN Business Meeting (NANN members only)

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 Koehn, NNP-BC PhD

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

Elizabeth S. Schierholz, MSN, NNP

Late-breaking Session: The Genomic-enable NICU of the Future (303) CE: 1

Stephen A. Kingsmore, MD, DSc

10:45 am - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Evidence-based Practice at the Bedside (or on a Paper Towel) (304) CE: 1

Bobby Bellflower, NNP-BC

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

Marianne F. Chybik, APRN, MS, RNC

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

Mindy Morris, DNP, NNP-BC, CNS

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

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

Kevin Sowers, MSN RN FAAN