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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! 

NANN is grateful to Chiesi USA, Inc. for their generous support of NANN Connections.

Thursday, June 23 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm CDT: Crucial Conversations in the NICU 

Join NANN’s Membership Committee on Thursday, June 23 at 6:00pm for NANN Connections: Crucial Conversations in the NICU. A panel of neonatal nurses will share tools from Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Joseph Grenny for mastering difficult conversations, regardless of the topic or person. NANN Connections events are free for all neonatal nurses and APRNs. Invite your peers for a night focused on nursing self-care!

Thursday, April 14 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm CDT: Babies and Bioethics

Explore ethics in the NICU at NANN Connections! Dr. Kristen Coggin, neonatologist and the NICU medical director at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina, explained the history of medical ethical issues and how neonatal nurses and APRNs can manage ethical issues in the NICU.

Thursday, February 10 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm CDT: Choosing Wellness: Create your Own Weather in Stormy Times

We are living in highly uncertain times and neonatal nurses have been on the front lines of the global pandemic. A nurse practitioner wellness expert will present ideas on how to practice self-leadership, combat nurse fatigue, and form habits that serve us and practice extreme self-care, no matter your circumstances. Join us for this lively, supportive discussion to explore strategies to preserve your sanity in this unprecedented time. Dr. Eileen O’Grady is a certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach. She uses an evidence-based approach with individuals and groups to reverse or entirely prevent disease.  


Thursdsay, November 11 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm CDT: Everything Student Nurses Need to Know about Neonatal Nursing

NANN's Membership Committee hosted this NANN Connections event for nursing students. NANN Connections: Everything Student Nurses Need to Know about Neonatal Nursing invited current nursing students to learn about careers in neonatal nursing. They heard from a panel of seasoned neonatal nurses about their experience in the NICU and the steps they took to become neonatal nurses. 


Thursday, October 14th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm CDT: Bullying in the NICU Part 2

In June 2021, the Membership Committee hosted NANN Connections: Bulling in the NICU Part 1. This event was a conversation cicle focused on incivility in the NICU, based on Maggie Ciocco's book, Fast Facts on Combating Nurse Bullying, Incivility and Workplace Violence. Attendees were so engaged in discussion that we ran out of time to cover all of the topics! So, we held a part 2 to continue the important conversation on workplace bullying. Attendees shared their experiences with nurse bullying and provided guidance to one another on how to manage workplace incivility.

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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 focuses 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.