The NANN Board of Directors reviews the statistics concerning racially related health disparities for premature infants and includes nine recommendations for how to endorse health care equality for all infants in the NICU regardless of race, parental economic or educational status, or geographic area. Read the full Racial Disparity in the NICU position statement and download the companion infographic.
NANN has joined a call to action advocating for psychological first aid for nurses on the frontlines of COVID-19 patient care. In partnership with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists–led COVID-19 Nursing Mental Health Collaborative, consisting of more than 50 nursing organizations working with the American Psychological Association, NANN has signed a letter to the President requesting that the Administration direct, activate, and deploy aid for health care professionals where they work. A similar letter was sent to state governors.
We are thrilled to share the following award winners who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field of neonatal nursing. We admire their drive, leadership, and passion for advancing the profession. Please join us in congratulating our 2020 award winners:
- Lifetime Achievement Winner – Debra Brandon, PhD RN CNS FAAN
- Distinguished Service in NANN Award – Media Esser, PhD NNP-BC APNP CWN
- Leadership Award – Anna I. Lyaifer, PhD RN CCRN CLNC
- Mentor of the Year Award – Kristen Gerhardt, MSN RNC-NIC
- Robyn Main Excellence in Clinical Practice – Tamara Robinson, BSN RNC-NIC
- NNP Excellence Award – Stephanie McGuire, MS APRN NNP-BC
- Large Chapter Award – State of Wisconsin Association of Neonatal Nurses (SWANN)
- Small Chapter Award – New Mexico Sandia Area Association of Neonatal Nurses (NMSANN)
NANN makes an effort to keep members up to date on recent COVID-19 findings. We are continuously updating our COVID-19 page with information related to the pandemic and resources for neonatal nurses to utilize. Make sure to check out the following COVID-19 related content NANN has recently produced:
- NANN and NPA's joint position statement – Mothers with COVID-19 and Their Newborn Infants
- NANN Webinar - Coronavirus Disease 2019: The Neonate, Risk for Vertical Transmission and Perinatal/ Neonatal Management Strategies
- NANNcast episodes
NICU all over are working tirelessly to protect vulnerable babies during the pandemic, and your voice can make a difference! Promote healthy COVID-19 practices by wearing our newly designed t-shirts. These shirts can be purchased through the NANN Merch store. Sport these t-shirts to remind the public to wash their hands, practice social distancing, and wear a mask. Save on shipping by placing one order for your whole unit!
Special thanks to NANN member Beth Schinkel for suggesting the idea for these shirts!
Health Equity in the Age of COVID: Lessons from the Pandemic, hosted by the Vermont Oxford Network on August 6 at 3:00 pm EST, will explore how COVID-19 is affecting the care of minority women and their infants. This webinar will discuss steps that perinatal and newborn care teams can take to achieve health equity for mothers, infants, and families. If interested in attending the webinar, make sure to register!
NANN's official podcast is dedicated to covering the hottest topics in neonatology, most recently on preterm gut health and the impact on shared decision making. Every month, host Jill Beck is joined by guests from the neonatal field to share their expertise and insight with our global audience. Listen in to learn from some of the field's best as we hope to create better outcomes for our patients and their families. Start streaming NANNcast anywhere you listen to podcasts and subscribe on Apple Podcasts to receive notifications when new episodes are released.
We wish we could see our Board of Directors in person these days, but Zoom calls will do for now! NANN has had very successful virtual Board meetings, and we can't thank our Board members enough for all their hard work for the association and neonatal nursing community.
Shannon McPeek always knew she wanted to go into nursing, especially for neonates. As she began her career in the NICU, she realized she was unprepared for the stress that can come along with being a nurse. Our June Footprints article features Shannon sharing insights on her journey of overcoming work-related anxiety and how she stays strong today. Read her story here.
The pandemic doesn't need to postpone everything! Continue your professional development and sign up to be a mentor or protege for NANN's Mentor Program. Using mentor-match technology, the completely virtual Mentor Program provides members with the opportunity to continuously nurture their professional development. The online program pairs proteges and mentors that share similar interests in mentorship topics, communication style, and career stage. To get started, log in to MyNANN and follow the four steps on the Mentor Program page.
Share the many benefits of a NANN membership with your friends and colleagues! If you refer at least five new members, you'll earn a $100 Amazon gift card. Referring a new member is simple. Sign in to your NANN account, click on My Account, and select "Refer a Friend." Enter your friend's email address to send them an email introducing them to NANN and sharing your referral.
Congratulations to our second-quarter member referral gift card winner, Linda Harty!