NANN Abstract Awards

Each year, NANN recognizes the best abstracts in each award category submitted in the Annual Conference Call for Abstracts. The following awardees have been recognized for their passion and support for neonatal care and the profession of neonatal nursing.

2021 Recipients

Best Paper: 


Valarie Artigas, DNP APRN NNP-BC 
Recognizing Metabolic Bone Disease of Prematurity: It's about bodybuilding! 

Best Poster:

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Ashlee Vance, PhD
Parent Experience of Changes to Visitor Guidelines during COVID-19

Past Recipients


Best Paper Abstract Award Winner:
Neonatal Nursing: Aspects of Clinical Practice Liability

Best Poster Abstract Award Winner:
Ashley Weber, PhD RN
Family-centered Care Practices in the US: Prevalence, Gaps, and How We Move Forward


Best Paper Abstract Award Winner:
Dorothy Vittner, PhD RN CHPE
Skin-to-skin contact activates salivary oxytocin release and influences infant neurobehavioral functioning

Best Poster Abstract Award Winner:
Leslie Parker, NNP-BC PhD
Effect of Aspiration and Evaluation of Gastric Residuals on Intestinal Inflammation, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, and Gastrointestinal Peptide Levels in Extremely Preterm Infants

Best Research Abstract Award Winner:
Christine Wetzel, DNP RNC-NIC IBCLC
Maternal, Infant and Nutritional Factors Influencing the Developing Microbiome of the Premature Infant in the NICU Setting

Best Clinical Abstract Award Winner:
Ashley Weber, PhD RN
Organizational Resources for Family-Centered Care may Influence Clinicians' Attitudes towards Family Engagement

Best EBP/QI Abstract Award Winner:
Genesee Hornung, MSN RN CNS CPNP-PC
Boosting the Bundle: Implementing Practice Changes in a NICU to Reduce CLABSI