Accomplishments and Looking Forward
Bobby Bellflower, DNSc NNP-BC FAANP
NANNP Council Chair
The past year, 2021, has been long and often challenging, but we have learned a lot. NANNP has accomplished much on your behalf, but there is more to do. Some of the accomplishments include:
- Publication of Thermoregulation in the Care of Infants Guideline for Practice
- Analysis of the NNP workforce data based on the 2020 Workforce Survey (Thank you for participating.)
- Publication of an Executive Summary of the workforce survey in our journal, Advances in Neonatal Care. The reference for the article: Snapp, B., Moore, T., Wallman, C., and Staebler, S. (2021). 2020 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Workforce Survey. Advances in Neonatal Care, 21(30), 242-246. doi:10.1097/ANC.0000000000000903.
- Revision, reaffirmation, or retirement of APRN professional documents.
- The Impact of Advanced Practice Nurses' Shift Length and Fatigue on Patient Safety (2015) - under review for update
- The Future of Neonatal Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practice (2014) - under review for update
Other accomplishments of NANNP include developing and presenting the first Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Podcast as part of a quarterly series on NANNcast, NANN’s popular podcast platform. Taryn Edwards is our liaison to Jill Beck, the producer, on helping to determine what the podcast will focus on, and she will help find qualified experts to speak on the topic. The first APRN Series podcast focused on the NNP shortage and discussed strategies to encourage neonatal nurses to return to school for their NNP specialty. Other topics will include different professional development topics and pathophysiology topics.
The NANNP Council helped develop the topics and secure speakers for the APRN Summit at the Annual Educational Conference in September 2021. The speakers spoke about healthcare inequities in underrepresented minorities, among other important topics. Although the conference was virtual, the speakers did outstanding presentations. The NANNP council held an interest session about developing a Fellow program for APRNs in NANNP. A Neonatal fellow program may be a competitive program to honor Neonatal APRNs recognized as experts in specific areas such as clinical care of babies and their families, education, policy expertise, or service to their profession. There will be more to come on this idea.
Two NANNP council members and the NNP faculty special interest group (SIG) leader held a virtual session on the national foundational documents for NNP education, the new Essentials: Core competencies for professional nursing education, and The National Task Force for Standards of Nurse Practitioner Education (NTF). NANNP has been a part of the NTF for the past two years. These documents will change the way we teach nurse practitioners in the future, and it is crucial that NANNP have a voice in the final outcomes.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2021). The Essentials: Core competencies for professional nursing education.