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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.

Apply to be part of the 17th Annual Research Summit!

The call for applications for the 17th Annual Research Summit is currently open! The 2022 NANN Research Summit is scheduled for April 12-13, 2022. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the summit will be a completely virtual event. Select individuals attend the fully-supported virtual Summit to present their research or practice change outcomes and discuss the process and results with other researchers from around the country and the world! The deadline to submit for the 2022 Research Summit is January 14, 2022.


  1. The work you are submitting must not have been previously published and will not be published before the Research Summit.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. Completed studies, including results, are preferred. Preliminary results for ongoing studies will be considered/are encouraged.
  5. You must be a NANN member in good standing.
  6. Before the Summit, you must submit your abstract (max 500 words) to the NANN Journal, Advances in Neonatal Care (ANC). Click here for abstract format. 
  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!

The 2022-2024 NANN Research Agenda Priorities

NANN recently released a research agenda which outlines NANN's research priorities for 2022-2024. The NANN Research Agenda and Priorities are reviewed by the Research Institute Steering Council (RISC) every 2 years based on American Nurses Association (ANA) priorities, National Institute of Health (NIH) priorities, and NANN member feedback. The research agenda can be found here!

Research Priorities for 2022-2024

  1. Health Equity
  2. Care Beyond Tomorrow: Pandemic Lessons and Consequences
  3. Family-centered Care

Research Agenda Items:

  • Research Agenda #1: Influence and Support Neonatal Nursing Research
  • Research Agenda #2: Influence and Support Policies and Procedures Related to Neonatal Nurses, Patients, and Families
  • Research Agenda #3: Influence and Support Translation of Research into Clinical Practice

Examples of expected outcomes over two years:

  • Priority given to NANN Small Grant applications that are consistent with the current priorities
  • Annual Conference session highlighting presentations related to current priorities
  • Team projects and papers related to a priority for publications in Advances in Neonatal Care 

Introducing the 2021 NANN Research Fellows!

NANN is proud to launch the new Research Fellows Scholarship Program, sponsored by Mead Johnson Nutrition, and introduce the 3 first ever NANN Research Fellows! These individuals were selected to participate in the program during which they will prepare, conduct, and disseminate an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) or Quality Improvement (QI) Project in their NICU. NANN Research Fellows will be provided with intensive opportunities, resources, and individual mentorship from the NANN Nursing Research Committee over the course of the program. You can find out more about this exciting new program here. We are excited to present our 2021 NANN Research Fellows:

Onoriode Efeludu
Topic of interest: Newborn Sleep Safety

Danielle Gibson
Topic of interest: Diaper Dermatitis

Barbara ORourke
Topic of interest: The neuroprotection of oral enjoyment

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