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NANN Developmental Care Products

NANN recognizes the importance of professional growth in your career. The NANN Developmental Care product suite offers a variety of products to accomodate different learning styles.

Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals, second edition

Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants offers evidence-based guidelines for interdisciplinary, developmentally supportive caregiving for infants and their families, beginning with contemplation of the birth and continuing through the delivery room and neonatal intensive care unit experiences, the transition to home, and the time following discharge. Recipient of 2nd place for the 2011 Book of the Year Award in the category of Maternal and Child Health by the American Journal of Nursing, this groundbreaking work, now in its second edition, provides a foundation for best practices and serves as a cornerstone for NICU health professionals education and clinical practice. The Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals, second edition was edited by Carole Kenner, PhD RNC-NIC FAAN, and Jacqueline M. McGrath, PhD RN FNAP FAAN.

Developmental Care CNE Learning Modules

Enhance your developmental care studies with this series of online CNE learning modules, which serve as a supplement to the Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals, second edition. Developed by the editors and authors of Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals, second edition, each module reinforces the most relevant and important aspects of developmental care.

If you are a nurse seeking to obtain the CNE contact hours, you should have read or studied the relevant portions of Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants, participated in another related course of study in developmental care, or drawn upon your professional experience. Some learners may choose to use the learning modules as a self-assessment tool. Each self-study module includes a PDF with a brief written overview of one aspect of developmental care (e.g., module 5: Caregiving and the Caregiver), a list of the related developmental care standards, several "points to remember," recommended supplemental readings, one or more reflective exercises, and one or more case studies. The learner must complete a post-test and an evaluation in order to receive the designated contact hours. This series is intended for nurses and occupational, physical, respiratory, and speech therapists.

The modules are an aid and do not include an in-depth description of the subject matter. Instead, they are study guides that augment and build on what learners are reading and studying or upon their professional experiences in developmental care as a means to promote understanding and retention.

The Developmental Care Self-Assessment (Free PDF)

Applicants for the Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist Designation may use the Developmental Care Self-Assessment as a means to assess their own level of integration of developmentally supportive caregiving into their routine practices in the NICU. It is recommended that an applicant's assessments fall into the "all the time" category in 80% of the answers for each of the four developmental care practice standards. Practicing at this level of integration will best support successful completion of the Specialist Designation exam.

Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist Designation—Updated

The Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist Designation offers clinicians with developmental care experience an opportunity to apply and assess their knowledge through the completion of a 100-item test. The test includes both cognitive assessment questions and scenario-based cases. Those passing the test are recognized with a certificate of completion and a specialist designation pin. The intended audience for the specialist designation is all neonatal healthcare professionals, including, but not limited to, nurses and therapists.

The specialist designation is valid for two years from the date of completion.

Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist Designation Renewal

If your specialist designation is up for renewal you have two options to renew! Retake the online test or submit proof of 20 contact hours of developmental care CNE.

Manual Renewal

Renew your designation by submitting 20 contact hours. Once you have completed the renewal form and submitted payment, please e-mail NANN Education Department at, with documentation of your certificates totaling the 20 contact hours.

Exam Renewal

You can purchase the online exam renewal. A 70%+ must be obtained to successfully complete the renewal.