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NANN 33rd Annual Conference

2017 NANN Virtual Conference

Friday, October 13th

Virtual Conference

Not able to attend NANN's conference in person this fall? Take in select sessions from the comfort of your home or office while earning 5 CNE hours with the 2017 NANN Virtual Conference.

Four sessions from NANN's conference will be available via live streaming and post-event viewing for one month. Virtual attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in question and answer portions of the sessions.

The virtual sessions include:



11:00 am - 12:00 pm

General Session II: Telling Stories in the Dark: The Healing Forces of Attention, Instinct and Love (GSII) CE: 1

Kelley French

Kelley French is the author, with her husband, of the critically acclaimed neonatal memoir Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born too Soon. The book tells the story of her daughter, born barely viable at 23 weeks gestation. French will takes us through the journey of two parents and their daughter Juniper's fight for her life in the NICU. Learn how these inspirational parents marvel at the science that conceived and sustained their daughter along with NICU staff, who simply paid attention as human beings, made the difference.     

Learning Objectives:

1.    Identify two ways in which staff can contribute to infant-parent bonding in the NICU.
2.    Describe the emotional and psychological challenges experienced by one couple during their extended NICU journey.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Zika Virus: Update on a New Teratogen (702) CE: 2

Augustina Delaney, PhD

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined the global health community to rapidly address the many emerging public health needs on the front lines against Zika. To respond effectively, new public health surveillance and infection control tools were developed that will reduce the effect of Zika virus infection on children and families and will provide a foundation for continued efforts to fight the disease. This presentation will provide an overview of the current knowledge of Zika virus and pregnant women, the clinical presentation and management of Zika virus infection, the updated CDC guidance on Zika, and the public health surveillance systems are in place for Zika within the United States.

Learning Objectives:

1.    Provide an overview of the current knowledge of Zika virus and pregnant women.
2.    Describe the clinical presentation and management of Zika virus infection.
3.    Identify the key facets of CDC guidance on Zika and pregnancy planning/contraception.
4.    Identify the public health surveillance systems in place for Zika within the US.
5.    Describe how clinicians can contribute to the registries and surveillance.

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Legalization of Marijuana: Unintended Consequences on our Most Vulnerable Patients (502) CE: 1

Carol Wallman, APRN DNP NNP-BC
Co-Author: Robyn Gustafson, MSN

Background: States with legalized marijuana have faced increased complexities in decision making regarding management of infants exposed to marijuana through pregnancy and breastfeeding. In Colorado one hospital's review of meconium and cord tissue toxicology data from 2008 to 2015 revealed an increased THC positivity rate from 0.009% to 2.2% of all births. This increased positivity rate correlated with the 2012 legalization of medicinal THC and 2014 legalization of recreational THC. Staff and family reported inconsistent messaging and practice management patterns among staff and providers in response to these patients. Purpose: A comprehensive literature search guided the development and implementation of best practice strategies to address the unintended consequences of increased use of THC during pregnancy and breastfeeding correlating with the legalization of THC.Method: A multidisciplinary team met, and identified the need for educational tools and consistent guidelines for THC use during pregnancy and breastfeeding in both the well newborn nursery and NICU. Results/Outcomes: Evidence based educational tools for families, and practice guidelines for providers regarding the risk related to the use of THC during pregnancy and breastfeeding were developed. Implications: Hospitals across the country are experiencing increased THC use from patients during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. This presentation will provide a review of current scientific evidence available to support the development of guidelines for consistent messaging and management of these newborns and their families during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Learning Objectives:

1.    Discuss the increased newborn exposures to THC correlated with its legalization.
2.    Discuss three potential complications of newborn THC exposure through pregnancy and breastfeeding
3.    Discuss evidence based education and management strategies for working with newborns exposed to THC through pregnancy and breastfeeding.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Bonus General Session: Transforming Care for Extremely Premature Babies (GSLB) CE: 1

Marcus Davey, PhD

Since the 1950s, it has been realized that infants born extremely preterm (23-25 weeks) could benefit from an artificial womb to support organ development and avoid iatrogenic injury associated with invasive mechanical ventilation strategies. We have developed a system that incorporates a pumpless oxygenator circuit connected to the umbilical cord of fetal sheep immersed in amniotic fluid. With appropriate nutritional support, lambs on the system demonstrate normal growth and lung and brain maturation. Clinical translation of this ground-breaking technology will be presented.

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