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NANN Connections

Virtual events for the neonatal nursing community

Throughout the year, NANN will be hosting different events to help you focus on self-care while connecting, networking, and growing with your fellow nurses from all over the world. These virtual events are free to all neonatal nurses and APRNs, including those who aren't NANN members. Watch recordings from our past NANN Connections and make plans to join us for upcoming events! 

Thursday, August 12th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm CDT: Dealing with Loss

Dr. Christine "Chris" Fortney is an assistant professor in the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children, and Youth at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. As a nurse scientist, Dr. Fortney has built a program of research based on the study of the experiences of critically-ill infants in the NICU and their families. She has highlighted challenges to the identification and management of symptoms in critically-ill infants in the NICU, developed a framework to evaluate the quality of neonatal death, and published the first manuscript to illuminate parent-reported symptom data in this population. Dr. Fortney has also had an ongoing interest in nurse distress, as well as grief and loss in the NICU. Her presentation focues on dealing with grief and loss in the NICU and beyond; recognizing compassion fatigue, and taking steps toward developing resiliency.

Thursday, June 3rd from 6:00 - 7:00 pm CDT: Bullying in the NICU


NANN Connections: Bullying in the NICU featured a round-table discussion on bullying and incivility in the NICU. We had such an engaged discussion that we will be hosting a part 2 for this NANN Connections. Be on the lookout for event details! 

Thursday, April 8th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm CDT: Compassion Fatigue 

This virtual event focused on the cost of caring for neonatal nurses and included a Pilates workout and a presentation from NANN Past President Pamela Spivey on the important topic of compassion fatigue.

Thursday, February 4th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm CDT: Caring for the Caregiver 

This session focused on self-care for neonatal nurses and included an instructor-led barre workout, stretches and mediation from a physical therapist, and group discussions on the best ways to make self-care a priority.