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2018 Award Winners

NANN and NANNP experienced another exciting awards season as we received numerous qualified applications for all of our honors. We are pleased to announce the 2018 award winners and look forward to presenting each recipient with their award at this year’s annual conference.

Lifetime Achievement
Carol Jaeger, DNP APRN NNP-BC RN

Distinguished Service


Susan Meier, DNP APRN NNP-BC

NNP Excellence

NNP Rising Star
Katherine Vincent, MSN APRN NNP-BC

Chapter of the Year—Large
State of Wisconsin Chapter

Chapter of the Year—Mid-sized
Iowa Chapter

Chapter of the Year—Small
Collin County Texas Chapter

Advances in Neonatal Care Article of the Year
Systemic Changes to Help Parents of Medically Complex Infants Manage Medical Expenses by Judith Carter, RN CCRN

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13th Annual NANN Research Summit, April 10-12, 2018


National Association of Neonatal Nurses with support from Mead Johnson Nutrition

Special Collaborative Research Event with the AAP American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Executive Committee

Respectfully submitted by Elizabeth Li Sharpe, DNP APRN NNP-BC VA-BC FNAP FAANP

Each year the NANN Research Summit brings together its best and brightest to share their research and evidence-based practice implementation projects. This year saw over 40 abstracts submitted for consideration (our record number of submissions!) with 23 for presentation at the summit. Invited participants received travel support to present their research and participate with colleagues in a networked community. They also were chosen to join the 2nd Annual Research Exchange and Reception with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Executive Committee members on April 11, 2018.

After a warm welcome from Research Committee Chair Dr. Ann Phalen and Director for Mead Johnson Nurition Lauri Symonds, the 13th Annual NANN Research Summit opened on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, with a provocative contemporary presentation from our keynote speaker Dr. Leslie Parker, titled “Optimizing Enteral Nutrition in Extremely Preterm Infants: Facts, Fiction, and Everything in Between.” This presentation was followed by a talk on effective ways to organize and report research studies by Advances in Neonatal Care co-editor Dr. Jacqueline McGrath and co-editor of the journal’s research section Dr. Shelley Thibeau. Participants also had rare access to individual consultations with the editors to receive direction for future writing projects.

On Wednesday, presentations ranged from unit-focused to globally impactful work. Topics included the golden hour, gastroschisis and post-operative feeding, moral distress and neonatal abstinence syndrome, and the effects of skin-to-skin contact on oxytocin release. That same evening, we held our 2nd Annual Research Exchange and Reception with the AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Executive Committee. After a welcome from Dr. Phalen and Medical Director for Mead Johnson Nutrition Dr. Christina Valentine, our panel of presenters discussed the use of glucose gel, positioning and gastro-esophageal reflux, lactation practices, and the implementation of practice change in delayed cord clamping. Dr. John Zupancic delivered inspiring closing remarks appreciating the collaboration and potential for increasing interprofessional work. This was well-attended by members of the AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Executive Committee, research summit presenters, and neonatologists.

On Thursday, our topics included far-reaching evidence-based practice changes in breastfeeding education in India, the effect of nurse work environment on the mortality of very low-birth weight infants, coloring for stress reduction in advanced practice providers, and thought-provoking insight into nurses’ knowledge about immunizations. In her closing remarks, Dr. Ann Phalen thanked our presenters, Mead Johnson Nutrition and all involved in contributing to making the 13th Annual Research Summit the most successful ever!

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