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Board Update

Gail headshot for eNewsGail Bagwell, DNP APRN CNS
NANN President

Season's Greetings from the NANN Board of Directors! Just over a month ago, our neonatal nursing community had the opportunity to gather virtually for NANN’s 37th Annual Conference. We were so excited to spend time together celebrating our profession and the numerous achievements of our neonatal nursing colleagues, we learned from the best and brightest, found ways to have fun online with trivia night and our Welcome Reception, and took in endless education and information to bring back to our units. We left reinvigorated and more inspired than ever to get together in person in Las Vegas next year. Please mark your calendars for NANN’s 38th Annual Conference, September 14-17, 2022. This will be a celebration like no other and we can’t wait to meet you there.

If you weren’t able to attend conference last month, it’s not too late to benefit from our wonderful presenters on demand. Register by January 7, 2022 and earn up to 48.5 hours of CNE by February 1, 2022. In this season of gratitude, I want to thank all the NANN leaders, volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly to deliver our best annual conference yet, especially the Annual Conference Committee Chair, Rebecca Buchholtz and Co-Chair, Kristin Howard. What a blessing you all are to our profession!

As we shared at the NANN business meeting at conference, NANN’s future is bright. We have made great strides toward our goal of building the organization’s reserves, the critical funds that allow us to move forward with meaningful components of our strategic plan. We believe a fine-tuned focus on NANN’s six strategic domains: Education and Professional Development, Setting the Standard of Care, Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Community, and Health and Racial Equity domains will allow us to evolve and deepen NANN’s role as the professional voice that shapes neonatal nursing through excellence in practice, education, research, and professional development.

This year, we’ve experienced several achievements in standard setting. NANN’s new Thermoregulation Guideline was released this spring, along with RN Staffing in the NICU and Medication Safety in the NICU position statements. Neonatal Scope and Standards was released this fall in partnership with the ANA. We also have many publications under development with early 2022 release dates, such as Developmental Care, 3rd edition, an updated PICC Guideline, and updated Transport Standards.

For 37 years, NANN has supported its members and the neonatal nursing community by shaping nursing practice, education, research, advocacy, and professional development. With the holidays upon us, I’m feeling so much gratitude for each and every one you and so excited about the work we’ll do together in the coming year. It’s a wonderful time to be a NANN member!

Until our next update, I wish everyone a wonderful and healthy holiday season!

Bagwell Gail

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