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Research Update

NANN research drives the practice of neonatal nursing. For this reason, NANN strives to provide avenues for members to become more active in accessing, understanding, conducting, and advancing research and evidence-based neonatal care.

Research Summit Encore Presentations

In September, NANN celebrated its 15th Annual Research Summit, which was also the very first virtual Research Summit. Three participants were selected to give an encore presentation at the NANN Virtual Conference. The Research Summit and the encore presentations at NANN Virtual were supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition. Below are the three encore presentations:

Boosting the Bundle: Implementing Nursing Practice Changes in a NICU to Reduce CLABSI
Genesee Hornung, MSN RN CNS CPNP-PC

Every NICU faces challenges related to best practices for central line care and avoidance of the dreaded CLABSI. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a Level 4 Midwestern NICU, I have had the pleasure of leading our team on a journey of quality improvement. By creating objective standards related to the care of central line dressings and innovative diapering practices, CLABSI rates can be reduced. The reinforcement of central line care practices is also enhanced by a dedicated nurse champion team, who is available to nursing staff as practice experts in the care and maintenance of central lines. In this session, I will be sharing our journey to CLABSI reduction and the nurse-driven initiatives that help to sustain best practice and achieve quality outcomes.

Impact of Infant-Driven Feeding™ on the cost of Feeding Supplies
Kristine Randall, BAN RN CCRN

This presentation describes cost savings related to feeding supplies after the implementation of Infant Driven-Feeding™. One facility documented a return on investment through supply cost savings that essentially paid for the purchased education. As a staff nurse or clinical manager, this presentation provides one tool to help advocate for staff education. This approach may be helpful in prioritizing education costs during the budgetary process.

Implementation and Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Neonatal Program for Emergency Services
Sabrina Rhoads, DNP NNP-BC

Neonatal nurses rely on EMT and first responder partners to manage the care of the neonate born outside the hospital setting appropriately prior to arrival to the hospital; however, a historical lack of attention to training of EMS providers in immediate post-delivery care has led to feelings of decreased skill and confidence in the care of the neonate. This project assessed the self-reported skill and confidence of EMS providers before and after an evidence-based neonatal care program was provided to them, as well as the effects on neonatal outcomes.

These presentations are still available on-demand as part of NANN Virtual. It's not too late to register for on-demand access to NANN Virtual! Head to our Annual Conference registration page for more details.

16th Annual Research Summit

The call for 2021 Research Summit submissions is now open! Selected individuals attend the fully supported Summit to present their research or practice change outcomes and discuss the process and results with other researchers from around the world! The call for submissions will close on December 1, 2020. This program is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.

NANN's Research Summit allows neonatal nurses currently engaged in research or evidence-based practice projects the opportunity to present their research or projects to an audience of their peers. Each participant has 15 minutes for a presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Please note: If your abstract is accepted for the Research Summit, you are required to submit your abstract and corresponding manuscript to NANN's journal, Advances in Neonatal Care (ANC), which has its own submission standards that you must adhere to. ANC has first right of refusal to each Summit participant's manuscript that is associated with the accepted abstract. Click here for ANC abstract submission guidelines.


  1. The work you are submitting must not have been previously published or presented and will not be published or presented before the Research Summit.
  2. You must include documentation of IRB approval or exemption with your submission.
  3. Your abstract body is not to exceed 500 words.
  4. Your study must be complete, including results.
  5. You must be a NANN member in good standing.
  6. Before the Summit, you must submit your abstract (maximum 500 words) to NANN's journal, Advances in Neonatal Care (ANC).
  7. Following the Summit, you must submit your corresponding manuscript to ANC. ANC has first right of refusal to each Summit participant's manuscript.

Click here for more information on the NANN Research Summit and to get started on your submission!

Research Surveys

Kangaroo Care in U.S. NICUs Survey

This survey is being conducted by NANN Member Melissa Fluharty.

We request your participation in the survey "Kangaroo Care in U.S. NICUs" so that a fuller understanding of kangaroo care practices in the NICU can be developed. The results will allow improved strategies for implementation and measurement to be developed so that more infants may benefit from receiving kangaroo care.

Complete the survey!

Perinatal Provider Perspectives on Mental Health Screening and Referral

Appalachian perinatal providers are wanted to participate in an online study investigating how providers currently use, understand, and follow-up on mental health screening with patients in their practice. We are also interested in learning about provider-level barriers that reduce access to mental health services in pregnant and postpartum women so that we can develop and test resources to support referrals in routine care.

Complete the survey!

Emotional Intelligence and Moral Distress in NICU Nurses

This survey is being conducted by NANN Member Stephanie Lewis.

Research indicates moderate amounts of moral distress among NICU nurses, which can lead to nurse stress, anxiety, burnout, attrition from the profession, and patient avoidance behaviors, which negatively affect patient and family outcomes. Emotional intelligence has been shown to temper the degree of moral distress, thus improving the negative effects listed above.

Complete the survey!

Interested in submitting a research survey to NANN members?

Would you like to distribute your survey to thousands of neonatal nursing professionals via NANN E-News? Seek approval for publication by reviewing our instructions and completing the application form.

Disclaimer: NANN is not an active sponsor of or participant in approved research surveys. NANN does not collect or monitor survey data related to approved research surveys. It is the sole responsibility of the researcher to collect the data for their survey. In addition, NANN is unable to share member contact information with researchers.

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