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The Year of the Nurse Celebration Continues!

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When 2020 was deemed the Year of the Nurse, no one expected it to be a year when nurses faced a global pandemic and new challenges. Because of nurses’ extraordinary work over the past year, the World Health Organization decided to extend the Year of the Nurse into 2021!

NANN is excited to take this opportunity to further highlight the outstanding contributions of nurses from all over the world and the amazing strength and fortitude they have demonstrated throughout the past year. NANN will be planning various activities to help the neonatal nursing community celebrate their coworkers, the profession, and—most importantly—themselves.

Visit our 2021 Year of the Nurse page to find details on how to get involved with this year’s celebration. Happy Year of the Nurse 2021 – let’s give it another shot!

New Position Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination

Regarding COVID-19 vaccination, NANN recommends that nurses get vaccinated, keep abreast of the most updated information regarding vaccination, convey accurate information about the vaccines, and develop strategies to reinforce confidence in vaccination. Download the COVID-19 Vaccination Position Statement and infographic for use in your institution today!

NANN Connections to Address Bullying in the NICU

NANN Connections is back with its third event, Bullying in the NICU. This session will address bullying in the NICU work setting with a conversation circle led by the Membership Committee. The group will engage with attendees by leading a discussion on bullying and what we can do to minimize it.

The event will take place Thursday, June 3, from 6 – 7 pm CDT. Members and nonmembers are welcome to attend for free! Claim your spot for the upcoming NANN Connections event by registering today! To allow enough time for the discussion, this NANN Connections will not have an exercise component, but look for a workout to be back on the schedule at our August NANN Connections.

Want to rewatch recordings from previous sessions? Head to our NANN Connections page to do so!

Volunteer with NANN

Apply to join a NANN committee during this year’s Call for Volunteers. Help NANN make a difference in the lives of neonatal nurses, patients, and their families by applying for a volunteer position. Explore open positions that best fit your interests and schedule. There are so many ways to share your time and talents, from bite-sized, microvolunteering opportunities like writing a Footprints from the NICU article, to joining a committee or task force. Explore open positions and submit your application on MyNANN by Wednesday, June 23.

NANN Endorses the Trauma Informed Professional Certificate Program

The Trauma Informed Professional Certificate Program is an assessment-based program offering both live (virtual) and self-paced curriculum which is grounded by the eight attributes of the Trauma Informed Professional (TIP). This program offers a remarkable personal, clinical, and professional opportunity to discover your own unique therapeutic value and harness your passion and vision for practice. Graduates will support the needed paradigm shift in healthcare to align with the principles of a trauma informed, developmentally supportive approach to care.

NANN members receive a 10% discount on the Trauma Informed Professional Certificate Program with discount code NANNTIP10. Learn more and sign up today!

Spread the Word about NANN’s Video Campaign!

As we celebrate the Year of the Nurse in 2021, we want to showcase how AMAZING neonatal nurses and APRNs are each and every day. NANN is currently accepting videos from NICU families who would like to share stories from their NICU experience and express their gratitude toward their outstanding neonatal team. Those who are interested in sharing a story of gratitude will record a short video on our easy-to-use video platform. Video recordings are being collected through June 4, 2021. Share details about this campaign with colleagues, families, and anyone who may be interested in participating!

Advocacy Update: Nurses in Washington, Maternal Health Bill

Three NANN representatives joined nearly 100 nurses to participate virtually in the Nursing Organization Alliance-led Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program last month. Elizabeth S. Schierholz, PhD NNP-BC (NANN NIWI scholarship recipient); Michelle M. Cherry, DNP RN, Health Policy and Advocacy Committee chair; and Mary Kay Ams, senior manager of operations, learned how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes.

After 2 days of education from expert nursing advocates, the nurses attended virtual visits with members of Congress and their staff. NIWI participants shared their personal experiences as nurses during the COVID pandemic and advocated for increased funding for nurse workforce development and research and for extension of telehealth access.

Also, NANN continues to work through the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) to build relationships with new members of Congress and federal staffers, signing onto NCC welcome letters and messages supporting the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act (H.R. 959/ S. 346) and FY 2022 funding for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act. Sponsored by nurse and U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), the Momnibus Act is a multipronged approach to improving maternal health in the United States. The current 2022 Title VIII request seeks $530 million for nursing workforce development programs.

The Many Features of MyNANN: Don’t Miss Out!

NANN’s online community forum, MyNANN, is the place to be for neonatal nurses and APRNs! You can create new discussion posts, follow other threads, connect with fellow members, and so much more. We want you to get the very best experience from using MyNANN, so we’ve compiled nine key tips to get the most out of MyNANN. Check out our infographic and head over to MyNANN to start taking full advantage of the platform!

Show Your NANN Pride With Our New Merch

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We asked our neonatal nursing community on social media what new items they’d like to see in the NANN Merch store? Based on your fellow nurses’ feedback, we are excited to offer more new apparel items for you! Browse our latest merchandise additions, including a microfleece vest, soft-shell jacket, fleece jacket, and baseball cap. 

Wearing your new NANN apparel into work or around town? Snap a picture, post it on social media, and tag NANN!

Check out What’s Streaming on NANNcast

Take advantage of education on the go with NANNcast! In just 30 minutes, learn about the hottest topics in neonatology from some of the profession's brightest—or be inspired to start your research while streaming NANNcast's special series, Nurse Scientist. The latest episodes cover showcasing your research at NANN's Research Summit and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Stream episodes wherever you get your podcasts and subscribe to NANNcast today so you don’t miss upcoming episodes!

Recruit a Group of New NANN Members

What’s better than seeing a new member join NANN? Seeing a GROUP of new members join NANN! Those interested in joining the association who have not been a member in the past 5 years are welcome to join as individuals or as a group. A group of 3–9 new members saves $10 each on their membership fee, and 10-plus new members save $20 when they join as a group! Get the details on our group memberships and how to get a group set up today.

And don’t forget: For every 5 new members you refer to NANN, you receive a $100 Amazon gift card! Don’t miss out on this referral benefit!

More Than 2,000 Open Jobs Are Waiting on NANN’s Career Center

In NANN’s Career Center, organizations are searching for talented people like you every day. With the Career Center’s easy-to-use tools, you can apply to postings, manage your profile, set up job alerts, and more. You’ll also enjoy access to valuable resources that can advance your career, such as online learning and resume assistance. Now’s the time to jumpstart your career. Visit our Career Center to get started.

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